(WXYZ) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has confirmed the first case of acute flaccid myelitis in Michigan this year. According to MDHHS, it's a Wayne County kid.
This year alone Centers for Disease Control confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children. It is still a rare but serious condition and less than one in two million children in the US will receive AFM annually.
According to the MDHHS, they are still investigating seven suspected cases of AFM in Michigan.
The disease affects the nervous system and can cause the muscles and reflexes in the body to weaken. Most patients report having a mild respiratory or fever condition prior to AFM development associated with viral infection.
According to CDC, there is no specific treatment for AFM, and since they do not know the cause, there are no specific measures to be taken to prevent AFM.
Most people experience a sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some people have in addition to arm or leg weakness:
- facial weakness / weakness,
- difficulty moving the eyes,
- droopy eyelids, or
- difficulty swallowing or blurred speech [1