Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Ohio
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare but serious condition. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak. This condition is not new, but the increase in cases observed in the U.S. starting in 2014 is new. Still, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that less than one in a million people in the United States will get AFM every year. There are a variety of possible causes of AFM, such as viruses and environmental toxins. Most of the cases that CDC has learned about have been in children.
On October 19, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health released the onset range, age range, hospitalizations, and counties of the 4 cases of confirmed Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Ohio
- counties: Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Mercer, and Pickaway
- onset range August 5 to September 16.
- All were hospitalized
- Age range <1 to 13 years.
- All were male
CDC has done extensive lab testing on specimens from patients, but has not determined what caused most of these people to get AFM. It is unclear what pathogen (germ) or immune response caused the arm or leg weakness and paralysis. AFM may have a variety of possible causes such as viruses and environmental toxins.
While the cause of most of the AFM cases is unknown, it’s always important to practice disease prevention steps, such as staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing your hands, and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.
More information can be found on the CDC website.
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Public Health in the News: It’s time to improve Ohio’s immunization process
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New vaccine to prevent shingles now available at MCHD!
The Shingrix vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2017 for the prevention of shingles. In clinical trials, shingrix was more than 90% effective in preventing shingles. The vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years old and older, and is recommended even if you have had a shingles vaccine in the past.
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Pertussis, also know as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.
Adult head lice are roughly 2-3 millimeters long. Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice infestation is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact.
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