WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - A rare neurological disease has been confirmed in the Detroit area and now healthcare providers are warning everyone in the state to stay informed about the symptoms and risks.
The disease is called acute flaccid myelitis, or for short, AFM.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed one case of it in Michigan, making it the first this year.
AFM attacks the nervous system and a few symptoms include paralysis, slurring of speech, or even in extreme cases: death.
Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services say most of these cases appear in children.
They say even though the disease is very rare, everyone should still take it seriously.
“We don't want anybody to panic,” said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “This is not something that you can catch from anybody else. It's very rare. There's not necessarily one cause of it currently, but some of the precautions that individuals can take, one of them is pretty much a standard one for any illness, wash your hands, avoid other people who are ill.”
So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states across the country. Officials say if you have any questions or concerns, to contact your doctor.