LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – Nebraska healthcare professionals have documented the state's first case of acute windy myelitis. The condition that…
LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – Nebraska healthcare professionals have documented the state’s first case of acute windy myelitis.
The condition that causes muscle weakness was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The child, in the Sarpy / Cass Health Department jurisdiction, was in hospital and later released.
Another reported case in Douglas County was not confirmed after a careful review of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient met some, but not all, criteria to be a confirmed AFM case. An additional suspected case also in the Sarpy / Cass Health Department is the eligibility of further testing on the CDC.
“AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects most children and we have carefully looked at cases in Nebraska within four years,” says Dr. Tom Safranek, State epidemiologist for DHHS. “There is still much to learn about AFM and more studies are needed. State and local health departments nationwide work with federal partners to investigate cases and possible causes.”
AFM is not a new condition but the increase in cases nationwide starting 201
4 is new. From August 2014 to October 2018 there have been a total of 440 confirmed cases by AFM in the United States