In a follow-up on the Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) situation in the United States in 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an additional seven confirmed cases, bringing the total to 165 in 36 states.
The 165 cases is the most reported since the 2014 outbreak year.
Texas has seen the most confirmed cases with 24, followed by Colorado and Ohio with 15 and 12 cases, respectively.
CDC says AFM is a rare but serious condition. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. CDC has been thoroughly investigating the AFM cases that have occurred since 2014, when we first noted a large number of cases being reported.
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