‘Modern Polio’ Cases Confirmed in 16 States

‘Modern Polio’ Cases Confirmed in 16 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 38 confirmed cases of a severe polio-like disease in children known acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the United States from January through September of this year. A total of 16 states have reported cases of the condition, also referred to as acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) or non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP). Colorado has reported 14 cases and Minnesota has reported six.1 2 3

A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics in 2012, described AFM as “clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly”2 3—leading some to dub the disease ‘modern polio.’4 5

The cause of AFM is not known, although there have been correlative links between the disease and enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and enterovirus A71 (EV-A71). Of the 14 cases in Colorado, at least nine have them have been linked to EV-A71.1 Enteroviruses are viruses that enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract and often move on to infect the nervous system. The poliovirus is an enterovirus.6

According to the CDC, AFM “affects the nervous system, specifically the area of spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak.” Most people who develop AFM will experience a “sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflex,” states the CDC. Some people will have “face droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.”7

The CDC adds:

Numbness or tingling is rare in people with AFM, although some people have pain in their arms or legs. Some people with AFM may be unable to pass urine (pee). The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine). In very rare cases, it is possible that the process in the body that triggers AFM may also trigger other serious neurologic complications that could lead to death.7

The CDC began tracking AFM in 2014.8

“In early 2014, neurologists at Stanford and University of California reported five cases of sudden paralysis of one or more limbs in children ages two to 16—all fully vaccinated against polio—and the California Department of Health of Health began investigating 20 more similar cases. Two of the five children tested positive for [EV-D68],”2 wrote Barbara Loe Fisher in 2015 in The Vaccine Reaction.

“During the summer of 2014, many more apparently healthy American children in several states, including Colorado, Missouri, Michigan and Massachusetts, were reported to be suddenly stricken with paralysis after developing cold and flu-like symptoms. Several died and, although some of the cases were associated with [EV-D68], others were not.”2

A total of 120 cases of AFM were confirmed in the U.S. in 2014, followed by 22 in 2015, 149 in 2016 and 33 in 2017.1

In early October 2018, three suspected cases of AFM were reported at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.9 The hospital issued the following statement: “UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is taking care of three children with suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis. The patients are currently undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatments. Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place and we are working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions.”10


1 Schnirring L. States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids. University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Oct. 8, 2018.
2 Fisher BL. India Still Reporting Cases of Polio-like Acute Flaccid Paralysis. The Vaccine Reaction July 9, 2015.
3 Vashisht N, Puliyel J. Polio programme: let us declare victory and move onIndian J Med Ethics April-June 2012; 9(2): 114-7.
4 Lindstrom N. UPMC confirms 3 suspected cases of rare disease that paralyzes children. TribLIVE Oct. 9, 2018.
5 Martinez-Bakker M, King AA, Rohani P. Unraveling the Transmission Ecology of PolioPLoS Biol June 2015; 13(6): e1002172.
Enterovirus (Non-Polio Enterovirus Infection). MedicineNet.com.
7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About Acute Flaccid Myelitis. CDC.gov.
8 Hurley D. A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year. The Washington Post Sept. 21,2016.
9 Ducharme J. 3 More Kids Have Developed a Rare, Polio-Like Illness—and Health Officials Don’t Know Why. TIME Oct. 10, 2018/
10 Waters B. Children’s Hospital Confirms 3 Cases Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, A Mysterious Polio-Like Illness, In Pittsburgh. CBS Pittsburgh Oct. 9, 2018.

24 Responses to "‘Modern Polio’ Cases Confirmed in 16 States"

  1. Fran Schwarzer   October 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    How much of this is caused by the vaccination? This has been reported by parents after their child had an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Is it possible polio has just been given a new name?

  2. K   October 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Were these kids previously given oral polio vaccine?

  3. Larisa Mukhomorova   October 12, 2018 at 4:33 am

    It’s a strange article. No information given on how many of those diagnosed with this illness have been vaccinated with polio vaccine.

    • Crystal Haber   October 14, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      It did say that all 3 in the first part were fully vaccinated.

  4. F Gregg Meagher   October 12, 2018 at 7:47 am

    How about the dumping of ‘polio’ in a river by GSK?

  5. Christie   October 12, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Was this a live strain? Injection in leg or arm? How long after the children received the vaccine did it take before their reactions occurred? Right away? Or within the first 28 days of receiving the Polio shot?

    • Concerned Citizen   October 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Perhaps most significant statement in the article, given what we already know about the spread of disease and how it can most effectively be controlled: “But vaccination campaigns in the DRC, with its remote villages, crumbling infrastructure, and weak health system, are tough. They failed to reach enough children.” The $1billion/year eradication program seems to have priority over other more reasonable and perhaps effective means of controlling disease spread. Imagine that.

  6. Gigi   October 12, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Is this isolated to children or are there any cases where adults are affected?

  7. Incinerator   October 12, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I had similar symptoms for years. One doctor flat out dismissed the possibility that it was polio just because I had the vaccine.

    I finally got over it with alternative medicine. In my case the cause was severe constipation.

    Has anyone asked those with this new dis-ease how there bowel is and thought to treat that?

  8. Jeanice Barcelo   October 12, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Have the people with this disease been vaccinated with the polio virus? It’s a no-brainer.

  9. Constanze Asaad   October 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

    more than likely this is a reaction to vaccines. everybody is an individual and therefore has individual reactions to a vaccine. Pesticides also trigger strange reactions as do other chemicals. Anytime a baby/toddler/child (or even adult) has a strange “illness” I always look to a vaccine reaction first. I would always ask first when was your last vaccination? And secondly, where you exposed to any pesticide recently?

  10. C. Adams, MD   October 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    SPREAD the WORD!!!
    In 1948, Dr. Frederick Klenner documented CURING 69 cases of polio using IV Vitamin C.

    In 1949, he presented his paper at the annual meeting of the AMA in Atlantic City, NJ, as to the above.

    Dr. Levy has written a paper as to how it may be illegal to deny a patient IV Vitamin C.
    Docs familiar with IV C: http://www.icimed.com and http://www.acam.com

  11. Jen   October 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Definately possible— tank a vaccine with active polio- and youll see it “ re-occuring” after it had been “ abolished”.. but its a different strain— so pharm can create a “ modern polio” vaccine— use scare tactics & watch the revenue roll in…

  12. Jay   October 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Interestingly, there has been an increase in the number of “polio-like” viruses since polio vaccines were introduced. There’s another article on this website which discusses the problem of vaccines encouraging similar viruses to proliferate. Because they compete for the same targets as the polio virus but do not have the susceptibility to the body’s very specific immune system segments, these “new” microbes get around the vaccines quite easily. This “new” virus is the same type of virus as the polio virus. Hmmmm.

    Vaccine pushers have done a very serious disservice to poor areas of Africa where polio is endemic. In the past, those areas had rates of polio infection which were quite high but there was some level of natural immunity because of the centuries of the local people being exposed. It was normal for young children to acquire a mild form of the infection and which conferred a lifetime of immunity. There were few deaths or serious ramifications. Then the vaccine pushers got the bright idea to start polio vaccination programs and the rate of infection, of course went down. Everyone was happy until the lack of booster inoculations produced a number of teens who had very much more serious infections which killed them or left them permanently disabled. In those areas of Africa, disability is deadly as there are no government programs for the disabled.

    • Jay   October 14, 2018 at 12:50 am

      Viruses do not compete for “targets” whatever that means. Viruses of all types are produced by our own bodies OR we become infected by a virus of another species that was produced by its body/cells. There is much dissembling and obfuscation by the CDC and the official health/science agencies about diseases and endless drivel on how viruses mutate, hide, cause multiple different symptoms in multiples of different people. It’s all post polio era pharma-science. Kochs Postulates are the gold standard still. Then there is the conflation of DNA and RNA virus by these same official institutions as if they are the same. They are not. Read Peter Duesbergs “Inventing the AIDS Virus”.
      Do you have any references for what you claim in your post? You make many claims with no resources given.

  13. peter   October 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Agreed Fran,,,,I would wager most if not all were “polio” vaccinated,,,,I would also wager that these symptoms were caused as you say,,,by the vaccinations they had. So many parents are sooooo darn naïve about vaccinations.

  14. Jay   October 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I suggest anyone interested in how polio got its start, (careerism, fame, money, prestige) as a paralyzing virus when it’s first known affects were rare and only mild cold like symptoms, read “Trial by Fury” by Aaron E. Klein. Principled science was thrown out the window in order to raise public fear and hysteria re: a virus that was not epidemic, and never isolated and tested per Kochs Postulates. This article tells us nothing as far as investigative results by using the science of epidemiology i.e. where were these kids, same area? Same town? Same school? Were they all just administered a vaccine when NPAFP presented as cold/flu? Were they immune compromised children? Had they been exposed to a poison and toxin, etc. etc.. . So a vacuum of speculation ensues and thus opportunity for official science aka CDC prevaricators, to throw out theories and guesses as to the cause. Besides, like HIV and HEP A,B,C etc. enteroviruses are RNA. They aren’t cytotoxic to the cell, thus they do nothing harmful. Many other scientists who had different explanations of polio myelitis at the time of Salk and Sabin were ignored.

  15. DP   October 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’m with “Incinerator.”

    Perhaps we need to take a deeper look at gut health. The stuff that passes for food these days (not too mention the pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables) is decimating our microbiome, which we need to protect us from disease.

  16. St. Longinus   October 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with “Jay”.

  17. Cari L.   October 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Confusing article. I read it twice trying to understand if these cases are vaccine related. 25 years ago when I did 4 months of research to decide if I was going to stop vaccinating my 1st child and the one growing inside me (which I did stop completely which I believe saved my 3rd child from a life full of disabilities or death due to an undetected genetic liver condition), the only reported cases of polio in the US were contracted by parents/g-parents & caregivers of recently vaccinated children. Please write articles that are clear so we can share with parents that don’t have any experience with the risks and the truth about vaccines.

  18. Catherine pogorzelski   October 15, 2018 at 12:15 am

    How many of those patients were recently vaccinated we’re had been coughed up on her puked upon by shedders, as some vaccines do shed! All I know is I never had an ammonia as a child one of seven children I got an ammonia vaccine in 2007 and I’ve had pneumonia 12 times since five of those pneumonia Belts I had to be put into the hospital for five days each time and given massive amounts of antibiotics!

  19. Sue Broz Thorpe   October 15, 2018 at 1:52 am

    The 2 studies below one in 2015 and the other in 2018 both conclude that (Polio like paralysis) called NPAFP in 3rd world countries like India (and Africa & other countries) is caused by the oral polio vaccine given in those countries. They even found out via the second study that when they RESTRICTED giving the oral polio vaccine in following years after the first study that the incidence of NPAFP went down.

    BTW——–(In the US –It’s interesting that my own MD developed NPAFP after he received his own polio vaccine many years ago. When he recovered he became a holistic MD.)

    ——–In India for example, “A total of 640,000 children developed NPAFP (Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis)

    in the years 2000–2017, suggesting that there were an additional 491,000 paralyzed children above expected numbers for children with NPAFP according to the new study.” ——-The authors state:

    “…our findings suggest that the increase in NPAFP (and the later decrease in such cases) was indeed an adverse effect of the pulse polio immunization programme.”


    ———Here’s the second study


    February 2015, VOLUME 135 / ISSUE Supplement 1


    Trends in Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Incidence in India 2000 to 2013

    CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of NPAFP (Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis ) was strongly associated with the number of OPV( Oral Polio Vaccine) doses delivered to the area. A dose–response relationship with cumulative doses over the years was also observed, which strengthens the hypothetical relationship between polio vaccine and NPAFP. The fall in the NPAFP rate in Bihar and UP for the first time in 2012, with a decrease in the number of OPV doses delivered, is evidence of a CAUSATIVE association between OPV doses and the NPAFP rate.

    • Copyright © 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics

    View Abstract

  20. Joanne Mendez   October 15, 2018 at 10:54 am

    The form of vitamin c for any virus, even polio is Sodium Ascorbate. Not ascorbic acid…Check out Dr Suzanne Humphrie, Dr Jerry Tennant and Dr Frederick Klennar for dosages. You can take it orally, rectally or I/V. According to the late Dr Klennar if it fails its because you didn’t take enough.

    All vaccines have a neurotoxin, either mercury, aluminum or formaldehyde. List those elements as allergies and your doctor can’t give you a toxic vaccine. An alternative is homeoprophylaxis using homeopathy or just say NO. Do your own research, knowledge is still power and join Weston A Price foundation. They have the healthiest herd!

    Joanne Mendez, ARNP


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