AFM Case Confirmed In Douglas County

A case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been confirmed in Douglas County.  Health officials say the child is under 18 years of age and has been released from the hospital.

Two cases have been confirmed in the Sarpy/Cass Health Department area.  “AFM remains extremely rare,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “It is not something that can be passed from person to person.”

The Health Department recommends staying current on vaccinations, practicing proper hand washing techniques and suggests anyone who is sick should stay home from school, work or other activities as your best prevention methods.

About 90 percent of AFM patients had a mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral illness before developing the condition. Common symptoms are the sudden onset of limb weakness and a loss of muscle tone and reflexes. 

Droopy eyelids, problems moving the eyes, and a facial droop may be evident. Problems swallowing or slurred speech also may occur. All U.S. cases have tested negative for polio.

Pour says if you see these symptoms in anyone, especially a young person who may have had a viral illness within the past week, immediately contact your health care provider. The average AFM patient in the U.S. is four years old and 90 percent of cases involve people less than 18 years of age. 

The Douglas County Health Department will work with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the medical community to monitor possible future cases.

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