CDC confirms case of rare polio-like illness in Wayne County, 7 others being investigated

CDC confirms case of rare polio-like illness in Wayne County, 7 others being investigated. (WWMT/File)

The first confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was reported Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The MDHHS is still investigating seven cases of AFM, including one in Ottawa County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed 134 cases in 33 states. The CDC confirmed the case of a child in Wayne County.

AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system and can cause the muscles and reflexes to become weak. A mild respiratory illness or fever is possible.

Other symptoms include:

  • Facial drooping or weakness.
  • Difficulty moving the eyes.
  • Drooping eyelids.
  • Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.

The condition is caused by several viruses, including West Nile virus and poliovirus.

Most of the cases of AFM occur in children, but adults can develop the condition and one of the possible cases in Michigan is an adult.

Know the symptoms of AFM by reading them here.

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