The Oakland County Health Divison is monitoring the nationwide occurrence of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, serious condition that is not fully understood.
AFM affects mainly children and is not believed to be contagious. Officials say it may be a rare complication following a viral infection, and environmental and genetic factors may also contribute to its development.
- Sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs
- Difficulty moving the eyes
- Drooping eyelids or a facial droop/weakness
- Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year.
Since AFM could develop due to a viral infection, the health division recommends parents and children take basic steps to avoid infection, including:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water
- Staying up to date on vaccinations
- Protecting yourself and children against mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellant
For more information, visit the CDC's AFM information page here.