Polio-like disease AFM has been on the rise since 2014, CDC says


Courtesy: Franz Ross (WIVB)

A disease that has gotten recent attention in Western New York, Acute flaccid myelitis, has been on the rise for years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The disease made headlines in our region with the story of Kameron Swiatek.The three-year-old is suspected of having the polio-like disease that is also known as AFM.

The CDC said the disease effects a person’s nervous system, particularly the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs. It is most prevalent among children. 

In a report updated on Tuesday, the CDC said that the very-rare AFM is on the rise nationwide.

How rare is AFM? Less than one in a million people in the U.S. get the disease each year, according to the CDC. There have been 368 confirmed cases by the CDC since August 2014. 

The CDC said August 2014 is when the uptick in cases began. They do not know why it began to increase at that time.  

This year, there have been 62 confirmed cases of AFM in the United States, according to the CDC. Those cases have occurred in 22 states. 

The 62 confirmed cases is almost-exactly one-half of the 127 reported cases in 2018 that the CDC is investigating. 

To read the entire report by the CDC, click on this link

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