The Centers for Disease Control says the first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) has been discovered in Louisiana for 2018.
According to CDC officials, AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, causing muscles and reflexes in the body to weaken.
We’re told there are now 286 cases of possible AFM cases nationwide.
So far in 2018, there are 116 confirmed cases in 31 states.
Texas has the second highest number of confirmed cases with 14. Arkansas has three confirmed cases.
A majority of patients experiencing AFM have been children ages 4 years old and younger.
Symptoms include fever and cough about three to ten days before the onset of paralysis.
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