First Case of AFM Reported in North Dakota

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced it has confirmed a case in North Dakota of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or A-F-M.

The case was first reported in October, but had not been confirmed until recently. The North Dakota Department of Health says the a child was hospitalized and released. The CDC is urging people to watch children for symptoms such as neck weakness, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued a notice in October saying 6 children had been diagnosed with the disease in recent weeks.

They recommend washing hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze, staying home if you are sick, stay up to date on vaccinations and protect yourself and children from mosquito bites.

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