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HEALTH ADVISORY: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)
The Texas Department of State Health Services recently released a health advisory for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). This advisory can be accessed here:
Symptoms of AFM include: • Most patients will have sudden onset of weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes in the arms and legs. Some patients, in addition to the limb weakness, will experience: facial droop or weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech. Numbness or tingling is rare in patients with AFM, though some patients have pain in their arms or legs. Some patients with AFM may be unable to pass urine. The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machines).