LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – Nebraska health officials have documented the country's first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
Conditions that cause muscle weakness, reported to the Department of Health and Nebraska Human Services (DHHS). The child, in the jurisdiction of the Sarpy / Cass Health Department, was hospitalized and later released.
Another case reported in Douglas County was not confirmed after a thorough review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Patients met several, but not all criteria for AFM cases were confirmed. One additional suspected case also in the jurisdiction of the Sarpy / Cass Health Department is undergoing further testing at the CDC.
"AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects most children and we have closely observed cases in Nebraska over the past four years," said Dr. Tom Safranek, state epidemiologist for DHHS. "There is still a lot to be learned about AFM and further studies are needed. National and local health departments collaborate with federal partners to investigate cases and their possible causes. "
AFM is not a new condition but an increase in national cases starting in 2014 is new. From August 2014 to October 2018, there were a total of 440 confirmed AFM cases in the US.