ALABAMA (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health reports there is now one confirmed case of AFM, Acute Flaccid Myelitis, in the state.
ADPH also says they are investigating four cases.
AFM is a rare but serious condition that can cause paralysis. It has been compared to the polio disease. Almost all cases occur in children under 18 years old. The average age of patients with the condition is four.
The Center for Disease Control is investigating more than 100 cases nationwide.
According to the CDC, 127 patients are under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. 62 cases of the rare but serious condition have now been confirmed in 22 states, although the CDC is not saying which states.