New data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the number of cases of the polio-like illness, acute flaccid myelitis [AFM] has increased by 24 more cases this week, bringing the outbreak total to 158. The outbreak now surpasses 2016's total of 149 confirmed cases, which was the previous high. The AFM outbreak in 2018 has been quite widespread with cases reported in 36 states (see map of confirmed cases by state as of 7 Dec 2018) About 90% of patients with AFM report mild respiratory illness in the week prior to symptom onset. Read more about AFM
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