Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Updated 2/4/20

There was an increase in reported AFM cases in the fall of 2018, with 237 cases confirmed of the 385 reports of patients under investigation (PUIs) received by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2019, there were 139 reports of PUIs, 37 of which were confirmed in 17 states. So far in 2020, there have been no confirmed cases. AFM is a condition that affects the nervous system and it is likely that viruses play a role in the development of AFM. CDC is working with states to confirm these cases and is conducting extensive laboratory testing. Parents should make sure they and their children do basic things to stay healthy, such as: wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when sick.

Contact Information

  • Cases of AFM are required to be reported to KDHE upon suspicion
  • For additional questions, call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317
  • For media questions, please email KDHE Communications

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