The People's Perspective on Medicine
Sick child may have AFM
Acute Flaccid Myelitis

What Causes Polio-Like Illness AFM?

Investigators have identified enteroviruses, especially EV-D68, as the most likely cause of AFM, acute flaccid myelitis that can cause paralysis.

child with thermometer in their mouth
Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Could Polio-Like Illness (Acute Flaccid Myelitis) End Up Like Polio?

2018 was a bad year for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). CDC notes 228 confirmed cases with another 150 under investigation. This polio-like illness is tough.

asian child admitted at modern and comfortable equipped hospital room.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Should You Be Worried About Polio-Like Illness?

The CDC calls it acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Others call it polio-like illness. That's because it can lead to paralysis. For personal reasons I'm worried.