State and federal health officials confirmed the first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Florida on Saturday, adding to the years of case record for rare but serious illnesses such as polio that affect the nervous system, which causes sudden onset of arm or weakness and muscle tone and reflexes
Florida health officials have not provided any additional information about the case, such as the description of the affected individual, their condition or county of residence.
No AFM is a new situation. But this is a disease without a known cause that spiked in cases reported since 2014, when Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first started surveillance of the disease. The CDC has seen an increase in AFM cases every two years since 2014 and most of the children.
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