Carter's symptoms represent the common symptoms of AFM, which are most similar to the poliovirus and West Nile virus. They include:
Sudden weakness in the arms and legs
Loss of reflexes
Drooping eyelids or other facial features
Or less common symptoms include
Tingling or pain in the arms and legs
Inability to urinate
Although anyone is sucseptible to this disease, the average age of those who contract AFM is seven. There is still a lot of uncertainty about AFM and what exactly causes the disease, but the CDC warns to protect your child by:
Be up-to-date on vaccines
Having your children vaccinated for all recommended vaccines - especially poliovirus - can help prevent the rapid spread of disastrous diseases. Many of the vaccinations children receive act to prevent multiple diseases that are known to cause AFM.
Wear mosquito repellent
West Nile virus, a disease carried by mosquitos, is a known cause of AFM. Wear repellent and avoid being outside when mosquitos are active (in the early morning and evening).
Anytime you go to the bathroom, touch an animal, blow your nose or touch food, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Doing so can save you from contracting a whole world of diseases, including ones that can lead to AFM.
Avoid contact with those who are sick
As mentioned above, AFM can be contracted from many other ilnesseses and diseases. To protect yourself from AFM, stay away from or take caution around those who have any illness - not only those with AFM.
If you want to learn more about Carter's fight against AFM, visit his Facebook page.
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