On December 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that a case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was confirmed in a child in Wayne County. This marks the first confirmed AFM case in Michigan. Seven suspect cases in the state are currently under investigation.
Physicians are asked to report all patients they suspect of having AFM to their local health department—click here for information on how to do so. Symptoms to watch for include:
- Sudden onset of arm or leg weakness
- Loss of muscle tone and reflexes
- Facial droop/weakness
- Difficulty moving the eyes
- Drooping eyelids
- Difficulty swallowing or having slurred speech
While there have been increased AFM cases every two years since 2014, mostly in young children, the CDC estimates that less than one to two in a million children in the U.S. will get this rare condition every year. As of November 30, 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states.
Click here for more information from the CDC.