Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
The CDC is investigating a surge in cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). AFM is a syndrome of weakened muscles that may sometimes lead to paralysis, including limb and respiratory muscles. The majority of cases are in children and adolescents.
What EMS should know:
If a patient, particularly a child/adolescent presents with weak or paralyzed
limbs, they should be transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Careful attention should be paid to washing hands, decontaminating objects & surfaces. Wearing appropriate PPE will also decrease the risk of transmission.
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