Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

Reporting of suspect cases to New Jersey Department of Health is requested.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an illness of the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, which can cause the muscles to become weak. Most patients will have sudden onset of weakness of the arms and legs and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some people will also have drooping of the face and/or eyelids, difficulty speaking or moving the eyes. There is no specific treatment for AFM or specific action to take to prevent AFM.

This table reflects total number of confirmed cases of AFM in New Jersey. These numbers are counted as part of the CDC’s national figures, available here.  At this time, there is no identified connection between any of the New Jersey cases, or any known connections between the cases in New Jersey and those identified in other states. Case counts are subject to change.

Year

Confirmed Cases

2019

0

2018

11

2017

1

2016

6

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Last Reviewed: 3/5/2019