Friday, August 7, 2020

Rare nervous system condition outbreak expected in 2020, CDC warns

From UPI, who, among other areas, have developed a niche over the last few years with their medical coverage (also on blogroll at right):
Aug. 4 (UPI) -- This is expected to be another "outbreak year" for a rare but serious neurologic condition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday.
The condition, acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter. It causes muscles and reflexes to become weak with symptoms that include sudden arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes, CDC said.

An outbreak is expected this year because spikes in confirmed cases have occurred in the United States every two years since 2014, agency officials said....