CDC confirms 80 cases of polio-like illness in US

There is a doctor at Washington University who is giving hope to children who suffer from acute flaccid myelitis

"My goal with the children with AFM was to restore hip stability and then motion of the upper legs", Dr. Moore said. Brandon had the same operation on his leg.

The family eventually turned to Dr. Amy Moore of Washington University in St. Louis.

Parents are often disappointed or even a little bit upset when I tell them there's no medicine to help their coughing, sneezing, drippy-nosed children feel better.

At the hospital, they were told about Dr Amy Moore, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in St Louis, Missouri, who says she is the only doctor in the U.S. who performs nerve transfers on children's lower extremities.

More than one year later, the eight-year-old is back to playing sports and physicians say the results give them hope that this surgery could help the 80 children who have contracted the virus this year.

Dr Moore performed the surgery on Brandon's legs 14 months ago at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She said nerve transfers are most successful within nine months of diagnosis.

At a doctor's appointment last week, Brandon was walking again. "It's been wonderful", he said. During Friday's check-up, Brandon said now he only uses his wheelchair to play basketball. "I can go outside, play with my brothers", Brandon said.

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Brandon Noblitt, with his dad Brian.

AFM is a rare condition that affects children and doesn't have a known cause, the ADH said.

The cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) - a polio like debilitating illness affecting children is still on the rise announced the health officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this Monday (5th November 2018). According to the CDC, almost 400 people have been diagnosed since 2014. The CDC has reports from 25 states of AFM. The number of people sickened, mostly unvaccinated, exceeded the 2017 total of 120 in mid-August.

AFM is a rare, but serious, condition that affects the nervous system.

She told CBS News that she is the only doctor in the United States who performs nerve transfers on children's lower extremities. "It doesn't appear to be transmissible from human to human. We don't see clustering in families". It is caused by the poliovirus, says the CDC.

"My intention is to give these families hope that there are options for their child if they get this frightful diagnosis", said Dr. Moore.

Brandon said that terrible diagnosis brought him new basketball friends and inspired him to one day pursue a career in medicine. He told "CBS This Morning" he wants to become a surgeon, like Dr. Moore.

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