Acute flaccid myelitis partially paralyzes children in Minnesota

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. TAMBETTA OJONG

(NEW YORK) — Recently making headlines is a rare complication occurring from some viruses called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). It affects the spinal cord and causes partial paralysis.

There were three new cases of suspected AFM reported in children on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The children are being treated at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where they’re currently undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment.

“Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place, and we are working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions,” according to a UPMC Children’s …read more