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You might have heard recently in the news about a polio-like illness that is cropping up across the United States. This illness is called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). To date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 219 reports of possible cases with 80 cases of AFM confirmed. The CDC also reports that there are 25 states with confirmed cases of AFM.
The CDC has resources for clinicians as well as families on the signs, symptoms, and treatment of this illness.
- Acute Flaccid Myelitis
- About Acute Flaccid Myelitis
- For Clinicians and Health Departments
- How to Spot Symptoms of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Your Child
Clinicians are encouraged to maintain vigilance for AFM among all age groups and report patients with any acute onset of flaccid limb weakness immediately upon suspicion to their local health department.
Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on how acute flaccid myelitis.