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- Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an uncommon but life-threatening neurologic condition that affects mostly children and can lead to permanent paralysis. The most common symptom of AFM is limb weakness.
- AFM is a medical emergency. In 2018, most patients with AFM were hospitalized, and 1 in 4 hospitalized patients required a ventilator—according to CDC’s latest Vital Signs report.
- Pediatricians and medical providers in emergency departments and urgent care centers should be prepared to quickly recognize the symptoms of AFM and immediately hospitalize affected patients.
- CDC is actively investigating an increase in the number of people, mostly children, with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare but serious condition that causes sudden arm or leg weakness.
- CDC has recently updated the interim AFM clinical management considerations based on input from experts.
- To help the AFM investigation, healthcare providers should send information pdf icon[PDF-443KB] about suspected cases to their state or local health department, regardless of any laboratory or MRI results.
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