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First 2018 case of polio-like disease AFM confirmed in Florida



By: WKMG
24. December 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (WKMG) – Following a record number of cases reported in the US this year, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed the presence of a case of polio-like disease. Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, in Florida.

The disease is a rare condition that can cause weakness or loss of limb use. According to experts, AFM is most commonly affected in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. There is no specific, proven treatment or vaccine.

Although the disease can occur after a viral infection, the disease has no clear cause. FDOH officials said the recent increase in cases this year has no clear origin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website confirms 1

65 cases of AFM in the US in 2018 The disease was confirmed in Florida in both 2014 and 2016.

Although AFM is not related to polio, it affects the victims in a similar way. FDOH officials said that symptoms of the disease, in addition to weakness of the limbs, could include facial dislocation, difficulty moving the eyes, and difficulty swallowing.

FDOH officials are asking anyone who suspects someone is AFM to report it to their country's health department. The CDC is actively researching the disease.


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