Increase in Reports of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases Nationally – 2018

On November 1, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding an increase in reports of acute flaccid myelitis cases across the United States.

NH DPHS Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) case reports for 2018 across the United States.
  2. Since 2014, New Hampshire has identified four confirmed and one probable case of AFM in New Hampshire residents. There is currently one suspect case of AFM under investigation in NH for 2018. 
  3. Clinicians should remain vigilant for cases of AFM, and suspected cases of AFM should be promptly reported to NH DPHS at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300). 
  4. Patients suspected of having AFM should have specimens collected for testing as soon as possible according to CDC guidance (see laboratory recommendations below). 
  5. To learn more about AFM, please attend the upcoming CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinar on Tuesday, November 13, at 2:00 pm.

Read the full DHHS Alert