Parents may be hearing about children in the United States who suddenly became weak in their arms or legs from a condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is concerned about AFM, thus the reason for this posting and the importance of this information.
From August 2014 through September 2018, the CDC has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM in multiple states across the US, including Ohio. Most of the cases reported have occurred in children. Even with an increase in cases since 2014, AFM remains a very rare condition. Less than one in a million people in the United States get AFM each year.
AFM affects the spinal cord and is characterized by a sudden onset of asymmetric (unequal) arm and/or leg weakness. Other notable weaknesses that may occur as well are difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, joint pain, and drooping of one side of the face and/or an eye lid. A majority of the cases were preceded by fever and/or upper respiratory symptoms with some cases having reported vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms tended to be present before any of the above mentioned weaknesses by 5 days.
While they don’t know the cause of most of the AFM cases, it’s always important to practice disease prevention steps, such as staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing your hands, and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.
Click on the link below for more information from the Center for Disease Control:
Click on this link to access a poster that pinpoints the symptoms of AFM:
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