Case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in North Dakota

There is a disease that has affected many children in the US similar to polio, so far there has been one confirmed case in North Dakota.

AFM - also known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis - has been found in a child here, in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health is asking health care providers to report any potential cases of AFM.

The North Dakota Department of Health says it is a rare disease, but they are working with the CDC to investigate this and why they are seeing clusters of cases every two years since 2014. Most people will have sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes/ facial droopiness.

“AFM is not something that is contagious, the diseases that can lead to AFM are contagious, which is why we recommend people avoid disease, but just because someone has AFM doesn't mean that someone nearby will get AFM,” said Jill Baber, Epidemiologist at the North Dakota Department of Health.

It's National Influenza Vaccination week so the North Dakota Department of Health is recommending people to get vaccinated and make sure to wash their hands to prevent anyone from spreading disease, and if you're feeling sick you shouldn't go to work, stay home!

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