Acute flaccid myelitis is uncommon condition that impacts the nerve system. Swelling of the gray matter in the spinal cord leads to muscle weak point and paralysis. Acute flaccid myelitis is usually created by infection with a virus. While AFM is unusual, there has been a mild increase in cases of AFM since 2014. Enteroviruses; West Nile virus and similar viruses such as Japanese sleeping sickness virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus; Adenoviruses; It is unclear why certain viruses trigger AFM, or why some people develop the condition and others don't. Ecological toxins also can cause AFM. A fever or a respiratory health problem is frequently present prior to weak point and other symptoms begin. Lots of people who develop AFM have had a viral illness with flu-like symptoms one to 4 weeks before symptoms of AFM. Most individuals with AFM proceed to have muscle mass bent months to years. Most individuals who get ill from an enterovirus get flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, blockage, throwing up, and/or diarrhea. According to the CDC, AFM might also result when the body's immune system attacks and ruins body tissue that it errors for foreign material. Mississippi AFM cases in 2018: Mississippi validated cases of AFM: 1 Mississippi AFM cases under investigation: 0 Mississippi AFM cases in past years: 2014: 0 2015: 0 2016: 6 2017:0 MSDH will remain to proactively investigate patients of interest for AFM, send out examples to the CDC for testing, and display disease activity. Call your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you discover any of these symptoms in your child.
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