CDC Telebriefing-New Vital Signs Report - CDC reports on largest acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) outbreak: doctors should recognize symptoms early and report all suspected cases

Media Advisory

Embargoed Until: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m. ET
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

What

In 2018, the third and largest outbreak of AFM occurred in the United States since CDC started surveillance in 2014, with 233 patients in 41 states. These outbreaks have so far followed a seasonal and biennial pattern, with increases in cases in late summer and early fall.

Who

Anne Schuchat, M.D., CDC Principal Deputy Director

Tom Clark, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director, Division of Viral Diseases

When

Tuesday, July 9, at 12:00 p.m. ET

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TRANSCRIPT
A transcript will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web site: www.cdc.gov/media.

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