What You Need to Know: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis: 155 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

NEW: This woman is warning people that the mysterious illness can affect adults too.

Posted by WSB-TV on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it is investigating 155 patients who may have acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

>> Acute flaccid myelitis: CDC sees rise in cases, seasonal pattern to polio-like illness

That is nearly 30 new cases from last week.

A Georgia woman wants people to know that it can affect adults, too.

Tandrea Watkins of Clayton County is paralyzed from the waist down. 

She reached out to WSB-TV after seeing the station's story about a Cartersville toddler suffering from partial paralysis.

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"My thing is you get sick – common cold, flu, anything – go to the doctor. If you start seeing weakness, go see somebody, because it could happen all in a matter of seconds,” Watkins said.

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases of AFM in 22 states this year, including Georgia.

Read more here.

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