Dr. Ashton discusses CDC’s warning about potential AFM outbreak among children

Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare disease that could leave children temporarily or permanently paralyzed and cause other long-term health problems. Here's what to know.
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Now to the urgent warning from the CDC. The agency says in addition to coronavirus and the flu we should expect an outbreak this fall of acute myelitis. It's a disease that could leave children temporarily or permanently paralyzed. That is a scary headline. Tell us more about the disease and what symptoms parents should be looking out for. It is scary, Amy. But we have to remember to go based on fact not fear when you talk about the facts of this afm or acute classic myelitis. It is rare. It is a Progressive neurologic disease that tends to come in two year cycles, which is why the CDC is alerting people to be on the lookout for it right now. And it can present in the sudden virus, sudden limb weakness, respiratory illness, which, of course, is very common as we head into the fall and fever if children. It is important to remember, Amy, this is rare. In medicine, we have asagan increased event of a rare event is still a rare event. But if it happens to your child, it is a big deal. Na is certainly true. How might coronavirus matters complicate things this fall? Here's the thing. They both are tied to respiratory symptoms. The CDC director Dr. Redfield wants to make it crystal clear to parents if they see signs or symptoms, especially like limb weakness, they should bring their child to an emergency room immediately without any concern as to whether or not that child may then be infected with covid-19 at the hospital. The hospital is the place to be if a parent sees anything suggesting this. Very important to remember. Dr. Jen, thank you so much. We appreciate it.

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