Thursday, October 02, 2014

COCA Call Friday: Neurologic Illness with Limb Weakness in Children

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Credit CDC – Non Polio-Enteroviruses

 

 

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Although a causal link has not been established, the recent outbreak of EV-D68 which has rapidly spread across the nation has been tentatively associated with a number of children presenting with varying degrees of neurological illness, including limb weakness or paralysis.

 

Last Friday we saw a CDC HAN: Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children issued, and tomorrow the CDC will hold a COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) call to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.

 

Neurologic Illness with Limb Weakness in Children

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Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-831-8979 (U.S. Callers)
  • 415-228-4881 (International Callers)

Passcode:2142380

Presenter(s)

Daniel Feikin, MD
Chief
Epidemiology Branch
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - CDC

Steve Oberste, PhD
Chief
Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases – CDC

Overview

CDC is working closely with partners in Colorado and other state and local health departments to investigate an acute neurologic illness of unknown etiology occurring in children. Characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI, a cluster of these illnesses was first reported from Colorado in September, 2014. These neurological findings are coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the latest situation, surveillance, and CDC clinical guidance for testing, patient evaluation and case reporting.

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