LANSING (FOX 2) – Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was announced today by Centers for Disease Control…
LANSING (FOX 2) – Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was announced today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Michigan has a confirmed case of acute slap myelitis (AFM).
This marked the first confirmed case of AFM in Michigan in 2018. The confirmed case is a child from Wayne County.
Seven suspected cases of AFM in Michigan remain investigated.
November 30, CDC had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children. Despite increasing cases across the country since 2014, the CDC estimates that less than one in two in a million children in the United States will receive AFM annually.
AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system and can cause muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most patients report that they have mild respiratory disease or fever that is consistent with a viral infection before developing AFM.
Healthcare professionals are invited to report to all patients they suspect AFM to their local health department.
For more information, see MDHHS Information on Communicable Diseases and Resources or CDC.gov/AFM.