Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)


Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, which can cause limb weakness and poor muscle response. This type of condition is not new. Anyone can get AFM or neurologic conditions like it. Although there are varying possible causes, there is increasing evidence since 2014 that supports viruses playing a contributing role in causing AFM. Conditions like AFM can be caused by a variety of germs; including:

  • Coxsackievirus A16
  • Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71)
  • Enterovirus A71 (EV-D68

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