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Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Fears Increase as Parents Say Health Agency Hiding Truth

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • So far in 2018, at least 106 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have occurred in the U.S.
  • The mysterious disease is reminiscent of polio and primarily affects children, causing sometimes-permanent paralysis
  • AFM continues to baffle the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been investigating the disease since 2014
  • Parents, senators and scientists are asking the CDC for answers, including what’s causing AFM, how to treat it and how to best prevent it

So far in 2018, at least 106 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have occurred in the U.S. The mysterious disease, which is reminiscent of polio, primarily affects children and can cause permanent paralysis, continues to baffle the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been investigating the disease since 2014.

It was that year when AFM cases first spiked, reaching 120 cases from August to December. The condition then seemingly took a year off, with only 22 confirmed cases in 2015, followed by another spike in 2016 (149 cases). The next year another lull ensued (just 33 cases were confirmed in 2017) and, as has been the ongoing pattern, 2018 marked the next two-year spike, with cases continuing to rise.


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