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Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Answering Questions Through National Collaboration

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The July session of Grand RoundsAcute Flaccid Myelitis: Answering Questions Through National Collaboration” was viewed in 7 foreign countries, 40 states, and the District of Columbia.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an uncommon but serious neurologic condition. It affects the nervous system and causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most AFM cases have been in young children. Cases have been increasing every other year in the US since 2014.

During this session of Public Health Grand Rounds, national AFM experts will discuss the epidemiology of AFM, along with the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention research updates. Grand Rounds also will present a parent’s perspective on building an AFM support network in the US.

There will be a question-and-answer segment at the end of the session. Please submit questions for this topic by July 20 to the Grand Rounds Team. ​

Beyond the Data Podcast

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an uncommon but serious neurologic condition. It affects the nervous system and causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most AFM cases have been in young children. Cases have been increasing every other year in the US since 2014. Drs. John Iskander and Janell Routh discuss what CDC and its partners are learning about AFM.

Presented By
Janell Routh, MD, MHS (CAPT)
Medical Officer and AFM Team Lead
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC,
"“Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the United States""
Rachel Scott
Parent Advocate
"AFM from a Parent Perspective: Building an AFM Network in the US"
Kevin Messacar, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado
"Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis of AFM"
Emily Erbelding, MD, MPH
Director
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Disease
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
"Building Research Partnerships for AFM"
Facilitated By
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Susan Laird, DNP, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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Continuing Education
This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN: 0387-0000-20-026-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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