CDC Webinar

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know in 2020

acute flaccid myelitis: Recognize. Hospitalize. Report.

Do you know the symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM? If you suspected a patient had AFM, would you know how to manage them? Do you know the time of year when AFM is more common, and how to report a suspected case?

In preparation for a possible AFM outbreak in 2020, CDC wanted to make sure clinicians can promptly recognize AFM symptoms, appropriately manage patients, and report suspected cases. CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) hosted a webinar on July 8, 2020, about AFM, a serious neurologic condition that affects mostly children. Watch the webinar online and earn free continuing education (for more information how to claim your CE scroll to the bottom of this page).


By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Summarize the epidemiology of AFM.
  2. Describe clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, and patient management considerations for suspected AFM.
  3. Explain how and why to report a suspected AFM case to the health department.
  4. Identify the differences between clinical diagnosis and CDC case classification.
  5. Describe the roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice as a team member in addressing AFM.
  6. Describe resources that are available for healthcare providers about AFM.

Faculty/ Credentials

Adriana Lopez, MPH

Adriana Lopez, MPH, Epidemiologist, AFM and Domestic Poliovirus Team, CDC/DDID/NCIRD/DVD

Sarah Kidd, MD

Sarah Kidd, MD, Medical Officer, AFM and Domestic Poliovirus Team, CDC/DDID/NCIRD/DVD

Janell Routh, MD, MHS

Janell Routh, MD, MHS, Medical Officer, Lead, AFM and Domestic Poliovirus Team, CDC/DDID/NCIRD/DVD

Alexandra Hess, PhD

Alexandra Hess, PhD, Health Communication Specialist, Northrop Grumman Corporation (Contractor) CDC/DDID/NCIRD/DVD

Page last reviewed: August 10, 2020