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Mystery Disease: Latest Update on AFM

December 12, 2018 Episode 351
Talk Ten Tuesdays
Mystery Disease: Latest Update on AFM
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Talk Ten Tuesdays
Mystery Disease: Latest Update on AFM
Dec 12, 2018 Episode 351
Timothy Powell | Rhonda Taller | Terry Fletcher | Jennifer P. Rubin, MD | Erica E. Remer, MD
AFM is similar to polio and leads to a sudden onset of paralysis. This condition mostly affects children younger than 4. These patients experienced a viral illness with fever and cough 3-10 days prior to the paralysis onset.
Show Notes

The mystery continues. 

At the time of this report there were a reported 116 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) across 31 states, with the most cases reported in Colorado (15) and Texas (14). Plus, there are another 170 possible cases that haven’t been confirmed. 

AFM is similar to polio and leads to a sudden onset of paralysis. This condition mostly affects children younger than 4. These patients experienced a viral illness with fever and cough 3-10 days prior to the paralysis onset. 

Returning to Talk Ten Tuesdays to report on this developing story will be Jennifer P. Rubin, MD, attending physician in the neurology division of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 

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