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Case of polio-like virus confirmed in Michigan

The first confirmed case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been found in Michigan.

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first case of the polio-like virus, Acute Flaccid Myelitis, in the state.

Officials said the case is a child in Wayne County.

According to the MDHHS, seven suspected cases of AFM in Michigan remain under investigation.

As of November 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children.

The CDC said that despite increase in cases across the country since 2014, they estimates that less than one to two in a million children in the United States will get AFM annually.

AFM is a rare but serious condition affecting the nervous system and can cause the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most patients report having a mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection before developing AFM.

The MDHHS said healthcare providers are asked to report all patients they suspect of having AFM to their local health department.

If you would like more information about AFM, you can go to their website.

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