Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively investigating acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs. From August 2014 through October 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 396 confirmed cases of AFM across the US; most of the cases have occurred in children. As of October 26, there are 72 confirmed cases of AFM so far in 2018. The patients’ symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. CDC has not confirmed the cause for the majority of these cases.

During this COCA call, subject matter experts from CDC will highlight the importance of reporting cases to learn more about this condition and the process for reporting. They will also cover specimen collection and testing, and what CDC is doing for its AFM investigation.

A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap:

US: +16699006833,,272662215# or +16468769923,,272662215#

Or Telephone:

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 272 662 215

International numbers available:

The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a week after the COCA Call.

Free Continuing Education (CE) is available for most COCA Calls. 


At the conclusion of this COCA Call, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

Identify symptoms of AFM to look for in patients.

Explain the process for reporting suspected AFM cases that meet the clinical criteria.

List the types of specimens to collect from suspected cases of AFM and where to send them for testing.

Discuss the activities CDC is conducting as part of its AFM investigation.


Adriana Lopez, MPH - Epidemiologist, Acute Flaccid Myelitis Surveillance Team

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Janell Routh, MD, MHS - Medical Officer, Acute Flaccid Myelitis Team

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Manisha Patel, MD, MS - Acute Flaccid Myelitis Team Lead

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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