Maine CDC Health Advisory
October 25, 2018
Maintaining Vigilance for Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases
From January 1 through October 23, 2018, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received 155 reports of suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in persons from 22 U.S. states; 62 met the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) case definition for a confirmed case of AFM. Among the 62 confirmed cases reported through October 23, 2018, the median age was 4.1 years (range: 0.7 - 32.7 years) and 53% of the cases were male.
Maine has not identified any AFM cases to date in 2018, but had one case each in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Clinicians are encouraged to maintain vigilance for cases of AFM among all age groups and to report cases of AFM to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) by phone to 1-800-821-5821 or by fax to 207-287-6865. Reporting of cases will help states and federal CDC monitor the occurrence of AFM and better understand factors possibly associated with this illness.