The Arkansas Department of Health received an update from the CDC over the weekend of five cases of an illness in Arkansas.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) has been confirmed in three of the five cases, while the other two have been determined to not be cases. These were part of the CDC’s nation-wide investigation of AFM.
In the three cases, two are from the northwest region of the state and one is from the central region of the state. All of the cases were in children under the age of 18.
Symptoms include: sudden arm or leg weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial droop and weakness, drooping eyelids and difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.
If you or your child experience these symptoms, seek care right away.
Because some of the AFM cases in the US have happened after a viral infection, keeping you and your child healthy is the best known way to prevent AFM. This includes making sure children are up-to-date on their vaccines, washing hands often with soap and water and preventing viruses that can be spread by mosquitoes by protecting against mosquito bites.
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