Clinicians & Health Departments

Clinicians should report all patients they suspect have AFM to their health departments as soon as possible. Here’s how to report:

Clinicians can contact neurologists specializing in AFM through the AFM Physician Consult and Support Portalexternal icon for help with patient diagnosis and medical management.

New AFM Report

New CDC Vital Signs report focuses on the 2018 AFM outbreak in the U.S.

Video: Timing Is Key for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Timing Is Key for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Dr. Janell Routh from CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases describes why every clinician needs to be aware of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).
Running Time: 1:13 minutes
Date Released: 7/9/2019

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The standardized case definitions for probable and confirmed cases of AFM

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Guidelines for collecting, handling, and shipping clinical specimens

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Patient summary form to collect data on patients under investigation (PUIs) for AFM

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Interim considerations to help clinicians and public health officials manage care of patients with AFM

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Answers to frequently asked questions about AFM

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List of state and local AFM contacts for clinicians