Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

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Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said. Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's nervous system -- specifically, the spinal cord -- and can cause paralysis. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM. Minnesota typically sees less than one case a year, the state Department of Health reported. The disease typically affects children; all the recent cases in Minnesota were in children younger than 10. AFM can develop from a viral infection, although its exact cause is unknown. Symptoms include limb weakness, facial drooping and trouble swallowing or talking. Doctors stress the importance of recognizing the...
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Open border increases risk of malaria outbreak

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Oct 8: Kanchanpur is reeling under a high risk of malaria due to open border with India. Number of patients entering into the country with malaria epidemic from India is on the rise every year. Number of people infected by malaria which is transmitted from mosquito bite has reached 22 during the past three months in Kanchanpur. Most of the malaria affected people are those returning home from India. Four among the infected are found to be Indians. As many as 135 patients were detected with malaria in the fiscal year 2074/75 BS (2018 AD). High alert has been put in place at western border checkpoint in Gaddachauki to prevent...
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