Florida Department of Health Confirms First 2018 Case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis

By  //  December 31, 2018

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RARE CONDITION LAST REPORTED IN FLORIDA IN 2016

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – The Florida Department of Health received a report of its first confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018 as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

AFM is a rare but serious condition that has been reported yearly in the United States since 2014 and in Florida in 2014 and 2016.

While rare, a large number of AFM cases reported nationally are without a known cause.

There is no single identified cause for this condition.

The department is working with the CDC to investigate and classify patients suspected of having AFM.

All healthcare providers, including hospital emergency departments, should stay on high alert and report any persons with suspected AFM cases to their county health department.

Reporting of additional cases will aid the CDC in identifying a cause.

AFM is a rare condition with symptoms that can include sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. 

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AFM is a rare condition with symptoms that can include sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some people, in addition to arm or leg weakness, will have:

  • facial droop/weakness
  • difficulty moving the eyes
  • drooping eyelids
  • difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech

If someone has concerns for potential symptoms of AFM they should contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.

While there is no specific treatment for AFM, clinicians may recommend certain interventions on a case-by-case basis.

Click here for more information on AFM in the United States.

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