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Acute flaccid myelitis

By: Senait Woldai, MPH, CIC, and Amanda Binnix, BSN, RN, CEN

Nursing implications and public health


  • Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a perplexing condition which, to date, has no concrete effective treatment.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends standard + contact + droplet infection prevention guidelines. 
  • Neurology and infectious disease consultations are recommended for all patients who present with signs and symptoms of AFM. 
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