(WXYZ) – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said it has confirmed the first case of acute windy myelitis in Michigan for this year. It is a child from Wayne County, according to MDHHS.
Only this year, Centers for Disease Control had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children. It is still a rare but serious disease and less than one in two million children in the United States will receive AFM annually.
According to MDHHS, they are still investigating seven suspected cases of AFM in Michigan.
The condition affects the nervous system and can make the muscles and reflexes in the body weak. Most patients report that they have mild respiratory disease or fever that is consistent with a viral infection before developing AFM.
According to CDC, there is no specific treatment for AFM, and because they do not know the cause there is no specific action to take to prevent AFM.
Most people suddenly suffer from arm or leg tightness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some people, apart from arm or leg weakness, will have:
- facial drop / weakness,
- difficulty moving eyes,
- hanging eyelids, or
- difficulty swallowing or slumbering speech
To learn more about the disease, visit the CDC website.