CDC: AFM cases appear to have peaked for the year

Federal health officials reported Monday that the number of cases under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) appears to have peaked for 2018 and will continue to decline for the rest of the year. According to CDC, 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states out of 299 reported cases this year.

Federal health officials reported Monday that the number of cases under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) appears to have peaked for 2018 and will continue to decline for the rest of the year. According to CDC, 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states out of 299 reported cases this year. CDC noted that figure is up 18 confirmed cases from the previous week; however, the majority of the most recent confirmed cases occurred in September and October. The agency said it has seen a pattern of higher numbers of confirmed AFM cases every 2 years, with about 120 cases in 2014, 22 in 2015, 149 in 2016, and 33 last year. Fewer cases are expected in the coming months, but CDC said it will continue to carefully study and monitor the condition in order to better diagnose and treat it going forward.