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AFM Not Transmissible from Human to Human Says CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still does not know what is causing the growing number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the United States, but it believes the polio-like illness is not contagious. In a recent interview with CBS, CDC director Robert Redfield, MD said, “The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be transmissible from human to human. We don’t see clustering in families.”1 2

Dr. Redfield’s comments would, at first, appear to minimize the possibility that AFM is caused by a virus or bacterium. Viral and bacterial infections can be spread by people by coughing or sneezing, by touching or shaking hands with other people, or through exchange of bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and semen.3 However, viruses and bacteria can also be spread by other means such as mosquitoes, so it doesn’t mean that such pathogens are being ruled out. In fact, in his interview Redfield went on to say, “Our suspicion is it’s caused by a single agent.”2

The word “agent,” as in infectious agent, is often used to by the scientific community to describe pathogens that cause disease. The book Immunobiology: The Immune System in Health and Disease states: “The agents that cause disease fall into five groups: viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and helminths (worms).”4

One agent that has been gaining support among physicians as a cause of AFM is a type of virus called an “enterovirus,” specifically Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) which is considered to be a “distant relative of the poliovirus.”1 According to an article in The Baltimore Sun, neurologist Benjamin Greenberg, MD of UT Southwestern and Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas “suspects” EV-D68 as one of the more likely causes of AFMs.4

Neurologist Kenneth Tyler, MD at the University of Colorado in Aurora believes that the “majority” of AFM cases are linked to EV-D68 and he seems to think the CDC has been “exceedingly cautious” in not coming to the same conclusion.5 Dr. Tyler has criticized the CDC for not moving faster to settle on a cause of AFM. “This is the CDC’s job. This is what they’re supposed to do well. And it’s a source of frustration to many of us that they’re apparently not doing these things,” says Tyler,6 who heads a research laboratory called the Tyler Lab that studies how “viral pathogens interact with the host to produce disease and cellular injury within the brain and spinal cord.”7 The lab is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.8

Kevin Messacar, MD, who is assistant professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, would like to see the CDC focus on an enterovirus vaccine.5 So would Drs. Greenberg and Tyler, as well as other physicians who feel that if the CDC were to focus on enteroviruses, “it could lead more quickly to a treatment or a vaccine.”9

“It’s not too far of a jump” to suspect a virus,” say Roberta DeBiasi, MD of Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC.10 11

Despite this growing pressure from some within the medical community, the CDC, thus far at least, is reluctant to attribute the cause of AFM to any one thing, including a virus. The problem with the theory that AFM is caused by an enterovirus, says Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, is that the virus has not be found in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with AFM. Dr. Messonnier points out, “AFM is a destructive disease of the neurological system. If this virus was causing this damage, we’d expect to be able to find the virus in the spinal fluid of most of these patients, and we’re not.”9

For now, AFM remains a “mystery.” But it is clear that the CDC, like some of its critics, is becoming frustrated. “I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness—we continue to investigate to better understand the clinical picture of AFM cases, risk factors and possible causes of the increase in cases,” says Messonnier, who has said that the CDC has not ruled out environmental toxins or the possibility that AFM could be an autoimmune disease in which the “body’s immune system attacks and destroys body tissue that it mistakes for foreign material.”10 12 13

The CDC has confirmed 72 cases of AFM in 24 states. It is investigating another 119 possible cases. Two weeks ago, the CDC had confirmed 62 cases of AFM in 22 states. In early-October, it had confirmed 38 cases in 16 states.14


1 Vavra K. ‘Polio-like’ illness AFM ‘doesn’t appear to be transmissible,’ CDC director says — but cause remains unknown. The Baltimore Sun Oct. 31, 2018.
2 CDC director says acute flaccid myelitis “doesn’t appear to be transmissible”. CBS News Oct. 29, 2018.
3 Worden J. Viruses and bacteria.
4 Janeway CA, Travers P, Walport M, Shlomchik MJ. Infectious agents and how they cause disease. Immunobiology: The Immune System in Health and Disease. 5th edition.
5 Karlmanga S. Children across U.S. are becoming inexplicably paralyzed. Some parents and experts say federal officials aren’t doing enough. Los Angeles Times Oct. 19, 2018.
6 Ducharme J. Cases of Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Continue to Rise. And Experts Are Frustrated Over a Lack of Answers. TIME Oct. 31, 2018.
7 Tyler Lab. University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Neurology.
8 Ken Tyler, MD. University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Neurology.
9 Cohen E. CDC’s handling of polio-like illness criticized by its own advisers. CNN Nov. 2, 2018.
10 Cáceres M. AFM Quickly Go Viral Like Microcephaly? The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 31, 2018.
11 Yong E. The Main Suspect Behind an Ominous Spike in a Polio-Like Illness. The Atlantic Oct. 25, 2018.
12 CDC. About Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
13 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Update on Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in the U.S. Oct. 17, 2018.
14 Fox M. Why is it so hard to figure out this polio-like illness hitting kids? NBC News Oct 21. 2018.

26 Responses

  1. Of course it is not transmittable, it is a NEUROLOGICAL disorder most likely caused by vaccine reactions.

  2. The focus should be on trace toxins in our food, medicine or vaccines.
    Attenuated polio vaccine was contaminated with the green monkey virus in the late 1940’s

  3. They still don’t know what’s causing it, but they’re “sure” it doesn’t transmit human to human? Like they were “sure” HIV doesn’t spread through other bodily fluids than sexual fluids and blood and are still telling people you can’t get it from others and more casual contact, even though they admitted years ago that it transmits exactly like hepatitis does, which is by ALL bodily fluids including sweat and tears? Sorry, I’m from MO: SHOW me! Not that it;ll matter, as they’ll continue lying about it, as they have HIV, to the general public.

  4. Look into when each of the infected children had their last vaccine, what vaccine it was and when did they get the vaccine. I am sure the CDC already knows that’s the cause, but because they are being paid by Big Pharma They can’t admit that.

  5. I urge people to read Forrest Maready’s book about polio, called The Moth in the Iron Lung. The back cover of the book says this:

    “A fascinating account of the world’s most famous disease—polio— told as you have never heard it before. Epidemics of paralysis began to rage in the early 1900s, seemingly out of nowhere. Doctors, parents, and health officials were at a loss to explain why this formerly unheard of disease began paralyzing so many children—usually starting in their legs, sometimes moving up through their abdomen and arms. For an unfortunate few, it could paralyze the muscles that allowed them to breathe.

    “Why did this disease start to become such a horrible problem during the late 1800s? Why did it affect children more often than adults? Why was it originally called teething paralysis by mothers and their doctors? Why were animals so often paralyzed during the early epidemics when it was later discovered most animals could not become infected? The Moth in the Iron Lung is a fascinating biography of this horrible paralytic disease, where it came from, and why it disappeared in the 1950s. If you’ve never explored the polio story beyond the tales of crippled children and iron lungs, this book will be sure to surprise.”

    I finished reading this book a week ago and highly recommend it. It will help you to understand more about the causes of polio than most people have ever considered. It isn’t until you read material such as this that you begin to understand that pesticides and other toxins such as heavy metals can cause polio-like illnesses.

    1. I don’t see where I can like your comment, Joseph, or I would! Oh, and don’t forget the HHS. You can’t trust them either. They’re all in collusion.

  6. I still haven’t seen where (if at all) it has been disclosed as the whether these children have all had their vaccines per recommended by rh current CDC schedule.

  7. Is there any evidence that all persons with AFM have been vaccinated? Cause heaven forbid we actually look at vaccines as being the vector in AFM. No one wants to look there cause that’s most likely where it’s coming from.

  8. Bacteria and viruses, including enterovirus, are not being found as the cause.
    How about the CDC look to vaccine injury/toxicity as a plausible cause (after all it is on the manufacturers list of side effects)? Makes perfect sense. Toxicity overload creating neurological stress, autoimmune-like responses where the body is attacking itself. We live in an increasingly toxic environment and vaccines add to it.
    Oh wait, that would be a conflict of interest for them. Sad! ?

  9. It’s not what they are saying, it’s what they are not saying.
    If it is not spread human to human than what are the other possible vectors?
    What vectors do the victims have in common?
    If the vectors in common were common to everyone else there would be many more cases.
    The CDC already has this information.
    Who are they protecting?
    Is any one else investigating this?

  10. Once you are aware ‘beyond any doubt’ how untruthful those in higher Authority are you would be fool ever to trust them again.Sadly even when making a mistake and spewing out truth, They lost credibility, all of them,the Government,FDA, CDC,NIH, let alone Pharma and the Medical cartel.

  11. The CDC wants to show it isn’t infectious because they want to show it isn’t polio or a derivative thereof. But poliomyelitis itself, as distinct from the poliovirus that “causes” it, isn’t especially contagious from person to person either, even in the same family, because it requires a very special anatomical susceptibility that very few people possess. Of course that tendency is apt to be somewhat higher in family members; but the vast majority of folks exposed to polioviruses have no symptoms whatsoever. So personally I’d take the CDC proclamation with a large grain of salt until they show their research and it gets replicated by independent investigators. It would be very interesting to study documented paralytic polio cases to see how many family members also got sick, and how sick they were.

  12. There is no such thing as A safe vaccine, and what did Salk say about his vaccine????

    What happened in India A few short years ago, concerning Bill Gates and the polio vaccine, and in that incident how many of India’s women were sterilized in the process.

    Big pharma does not give A rats backside about your health.

  13. I’m an acupuncturist and I work at a Children’s Hospital. For whatever it’s worth, I treated one probable case of AFM in the last couple of months. 5 y/o with bilateral ptosis sudden onset and they could find no other cause. It was not likely to be directly related to a vaccine (child’s last vaccine was over a year ago). Treating it as an infection (at least from a Chinese medicine standpoint) cleared the symptoms within a few days. We did both acupuncture and herbal medicine. It started coming back about a week later and we treated it again and there has been no recurrence since.

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