Michigan's first 2018 case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed, 7 others suspected

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LANSING (WJRT) (12/5/2018) - A child from Wayne County has Michigan's first confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis this year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis on Wednesday. Health officials are investigating seven other possible cases from Michigan.

Acute flaccid myelitis -- of AFM -- starts with symptoms mimicking a mild respiratory infection and fever. After a few days, polio-like symptoms set in, including trouble swallowing, muscle paralysis and weakened reflexes.

The CDC had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states this year as of Nov. 30. Most cases affected children.

Despite an uptick in AFM cases since 2014, the CDC says children have a 1 or 2 in a million chance of contracting the illness. Health officials are not sure what causes the illness and there are no known cures.

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