Speech to Text for AFM Rate Spike
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it's a terrifying condition popping up across the nation... the centers for disease control and prevention is investigating more than 100á cases of acute flaccid myelitis á or aá fám... and now there are 7 confirmed cases of the illness in minnesota á á which shares similarities with polio. today á káiámát news three's jeremiah wilcox á spoke to a woman who survived polio at the height of the epidemic... ... jeremiah this has t hit close to home for her... . katie á i spoke to a woman who tells me hearing about the similarities in aáfám and polio brings back painful memories of her time in the hospital.... and now all she can do is hope doctors can find a cure. vo: aáfám is a rare illness that affects the nervous system... the cádác says it specifally targets a portion of the spinal cord... causing muscle weakness, facial drooping ... and trouble swallowing and speaking. sot: it was an epidemic in the late 40's vo: it's symptoms that barbara knows all to well. she didn't want to go on camera... but shared how life was with polio.. sot: would be put under hot towels. 2á3 times a day... steaming hot towels and then sister kenny would gives us exercises and they hurt quite a lot... they helped and i fortunately came out ok. / vo: the minnesota health department says the first detection was a few years ago and they are seeing an increase in the illness with more than 90á percent of patients age eighteen or younger. sot: it mainly affects children and there can be a situation where a child mention their arm or leg isnt working right. vo:jayne griffith is an epidemiologist at the minnesota department of health... she says they expect more cases.... research shows an uptick tends to happen in the fall... they want parents to know this illness is rare and if your child experiences symptoms immediately take them to a doctor. sot: it's something that affects the nervous system and usually occurs when following an illness like a officials with the department of health... want parents to know there is (no association between children getting childhood vaccinations.. and aáfám. they also gave some tips on prevention... telling me you should sneeze in your elbow and wash your hands frequently. thank you jeremiah. the average age of those affected by aá fám is four years old. a man