For the first time in 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is confirming a case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state of Louisiana. The rare condition has been described as a “polio-like illness” by medical experts, WAFB TV reports. 


  • Rare condition, mostly in children
  • Impairs motor functions, extended or even permanent paralysis
  • Symptoms: weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes in the arms or legs, facial droop or weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech

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The latest map, released Monday, November, 26, shows confirmed cases of AFM by state as of November 23, 2018. The CDC releases an updated map showing confirmed cases every Monday on their website.

There have now been 116 confirmed cases of AFM across the United States this year.