Indiana Academy of Family Physicians

 

Increase In Reports Of Suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Published Friday, October 14, 2016

Indiana Health Alert Network Advisory—October 14, 2016 

INCREASE IN REPORTS OF SUSPECTED ACUTE FLACCID MYELITIS CASES--2016 

Summary 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of reports of suspected acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) from May through August 2016; this increase is notable when compared to the same period in 2015. Clinicians are encouraged to maintain vigilance for cases of AFM among all age groups and to report cases of AFM to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Reporting of cases will help states and CDC monitor the occurrence of AFM and better understand factors possibly associated with this illness. 

Read the full advisory here including background information and recommendations for providers (PDF file).