Washington Times: The United States was declared “polio-free” in 1979, a feat the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is “thanks to [an] effective vaccine.”
But now it’s back — or is it? Get ready for the doublespeak.
The government says no, the condition that’s been striking people by the hundreds around the United States and inflicting them with polio-like symptoms, to include paralysis, is not, in fact, polio. It’s polio-like. It’s polio-pretty much. But it’s still not polio.
Rather, the government says, it’s acute flaccid myelitis, a disease that hits at the central nervous system of mostly children, rendering their limbs weak, their muscles droopy, their reflexes slow, their balance off, and their ability to move, seriously impacted — which, coincidentally enough, is same-same as polio’s flu-like start, and accompanying pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, difficulty walking and balancing, drooping muscles and even paralysis.
Know what else the government says, though?
In its “Possible Causes of AFM” section, the CDC writes: “Certain viruses that can cause AFM or similar neurological conditions are poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, West Nile virus and viruses in the same family as WNV, specifically Japanese encephalitis virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and adenoviruses.”
So it’s not polio — but it can be caused by polio. Parse language much?
“Right now, we know that poliovirus is not the cause of these AFM cases,” said Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a statement reported by Inverse.com.
She’s referring to the 386 cases of AFM the CDC has confirmed in U.S. patients between August 2014 and September 2018. Sixty-two of them were confirmed in 2018 alone, across 22 states.
“This is actually a pretty dramatic disease,” Messonnier went on. “These kids have a sudden onset of weakness and they are generally seeking medical care and being evaluated by neurologists, infectious disease doctors and their pediatricians, and coming to public health awareness.”
And that public health awareness includes this strict statement: It’s not polio. Keep Reading