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:
- Job aid on how to send information to the health department pdf icon[2 pages]
- Patient summary form (Word word icon[3 pages] PDF pdf icon[3 pages])
- Specimens to collect and send to CDC
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.
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
The standardized case definitions for probable and confirmed cases of AFM
Guidelines for collecting, handling, and shipping clinical specimens
Patient summary form to collect data on patients under investigation (PUIs) for AFM
Interim considerations to help clinicians and public health officials manage care of patients with AFM
Answers to frequently asked questions about AFM
List of state and local AFM contacts for clinicians