The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 127 patients under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis this year. Of these, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC, and the remainder continue to be investigated, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. noting that the confirmed cases are in 22 states.
Acute flaccid myelitis, also called AFM, is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system and causes the muscles and reflexes to suddenly become weak, she said Tuesday. Specifically, the disease affects the area of the spinal cord called gray matter. Because the symptoms are similar, AFM is often confused with polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a virus.
The overall rate of AFM is fewer than one in a million, she said.
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – A measles outbreak that began when a child went on a trip to Israel now includes six cases in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and 11 cases in Rockland County.
There is a large outbreak of the disease currently occurring in Israel.
The child flew into Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey from Israel on September 28, 2018, and then traveled to several places in Rockland County, New York, officials said.
The sick children in Williamsburg range in age from 11 months to four-years-old while the sick in Rockland County are children and adults of various ages
Five of the children in Brooklyn were not vaccinated and a sixth child had received one dose but was not yet immune.
On Wednesday, health officials in Rockland County confirmed 11 cases and three suspected cases