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Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Affecting Children on the Rise

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) has been seen more frequently the last four years.   AFM affects the gray matter in the spinal cord, causing sudden muscle weakness and a loss of reflexes. The illness can lead to serious complications — including paralysis or respiratory failure — and requires immediate medical attention.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 127 cases of possible AFM, including 62 that have been confirmed in 22 states this year. At least 90 percent of the cases are among patients 18 and younger. The average patient age is 4 years old.  Source: Kaiser Health News

To learn more about AFM, check out the information available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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