Wisconsin Public Radio
by Colleen Leahy
Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is an extremely rare illness that causes muscle weakness and paralysis. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that less than two in a million children will contract AFM every year. But there’s been an uptick in cases over the past several years, and there have been six confirmed cases in Wisconsin so far this year. An expert explains what acute flaccid myelitis is and potential reasons for the increase in cases. Host: John Munson. Guest: Dr. Marc Patterson – Mayo Clinic.
Reach: Wisconsin Public Radio serves approximately 300,000 listeners each week throughout Wisconsin and adjoining states on two networks.
Context: Marc Patterson, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Dr. Patterson studies Niemann-Pick disease type C and other lysosomal diseases, congenital disorders of glycosylation, and pediatric multiple sclerosis. Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare condition that affects the nerves in the spinal cord. It can cause sudden weakness in the arms or legs and other symptoms. It tends to happen mainly in children. The condition may have various causes. Infection with viruses such as adenovirus, poliovirus, other enteroviruses and West Nile virus may precede it. You can learn more about the condition here.
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