Nebraska has its first confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare but serious condition that primarily affects children. The case was confirmed in the Sarpy – Cass County Health Department area and Health Director Sarah Schram says the child became ill in October, was hospitalized, released and is now recovering at home.
Schram says, “The symptoms of AFM includes sudden weakness, particularly in the arms and the legs. Some individuals may also experience some facial or eye drooping, difficulty in moving eyes and possibly even slurred speech.”
There is no vaccine or treatment available for AFM so Schram and other health officials advise parents to contact their health care provider as soon as possible if a child is experiencing any of the listed symptoms.
There is another suspected case in the Sarpy – Cass County region. One suspected case in Douglas County was not confirmed.
Schram says there is still a lot to learn about AFM so health departments are vigilant in investigating suspected cases to help gather more information that can be passed along to DHHS and the CDC to assist in the study of this condition.