Department of Health Says Number of AFM Cases in Minnesota at 8

November 13, 2018 11:42 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in the state now stands at eight.


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The rare, paralyzing illness has been reported across the country. It causes limited mobility or paralysis.

This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. 

About 120 cases were confirmed in 2014, the first time such a wave occurred. Another 149 were reported in 2016. In 2015 and 2017, the counts were far lower, and it's not clear why.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


 

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