A fourth confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis has been reported according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
AFM is a condition that causes muscle weakness. The child is from northeastern Nebraska and is currently hospitalized.
There have been three other confirmed AFM cases in Nebraska. One additional reported case is undergoing further testing and expert review at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is nationwide focus on AFM and state and local health departments are working with federal officials to help find answers. Every case reported undergoes a thorough investigation and extensive diagnostic testing which will help pinpoint exactly what’s causing this disease and how it can be prevented.
Facts about AFM :
- AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects mostly children and generally causes sudden muscle weakness.
- Symptoms include sudden weakness in the arms or legs. Some people also experience drooping of the eyelids or face, difficulty moving eyes, slurred speech or difficulty swallowing.
- If parents see potential symptoms of AFM in their child, they should contact their health care provider promptly.
- Experts are working to determine the exact cause of AFM.
- There is no specific treatment for AFM or proven prevention strategy, but washing hands, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick can help avoid illness.