First case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis confirmed in Michigan child
LANSING, Mich., July 27, 2020:
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) that Michigan has a confirmed case of acute
flaccid myelitis (AFM) for 2020. The confirmed case is a child
from Macomb County.
Two additional suspected cases of AFM in Michigan remain under
As of June 30, the CDC had confirmed 13 cases of AFM in 10
states for 2020, mostly in children. Despite increases in cases
across the country since 2014, the CDC estimates that less than
one to two in a million children in the United States will get
AFM annually. In 2018, Michigan reported five cases and one case
“AFM is a rare but serious condition affecting the nervous
system and can cause the muscles and reflexes in the body to
become weak,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive
and chief deputy for health. “Most patients report having a mild
respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection
before developing AFM.”
The cause or trigger for AFM is not yet known. However, most
children had a respiratory illness or fever consistent with a
viral infection before they developed AFM. You can decrease risk
of getting viral infections by:
Washing your hands often with soap and water.
Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Healthcare providers are asked to report all patients they
suspect of having AFM to their local health department.
For more information, visit the MDHHS
Communicable Disease Information and Resources website