CDC Medical Advisors, Parents Say CDC Hasn’t Done Enough For AFM Outbreak
The CDC’s medical advisers and a group of moms are blaming the CDC for being too slow to respond to AFM, the polio-like illness. AFM has stricken hundreds of children over the past five years.
Dr. Keith Van Haren is one of those advisers giving a blistering description of the CDC’s handling of AFM.
“Frustrated and disappointed — I think that’s exactly how most of us feel,” she told CNN.
The CDC advisers are disappointed in the CDC’s handling of data. They also feel the CDC has done little in the way of guiding pediatricians. Both pediatricians and emergency room personnel have no idea how to diagnose AFM cases. This is leading to confusion and delayed diagnoses.
The CDC responded by stating in a presser that it is doing everything it can to determine AFM’s cause.
“We continue to investigate to better understand the clinical picture of AFM cases, risk factors and possible causes of the increase in cases,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stated in the press brief.
Messonnier said that the CDC needs to do a better job distributing AFM’s symptom information.
It isn’t just CDC advisers that are on edge over the AFM outbreak, but also mothers of AFM inflicted children.
Several moms of AFM children gave the CDC an “F” grade for its handling of the situation. CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, interviewed the mothers on Monday evening.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis Mimicks Polio, Extremely Seasonal
AFM or acute flaccid myelitis is a disease that can cause paralysis in children. The media and medical professionals alike compare AFM to polio due to its paralysis symptom.
The following graph depicts the acute flaccid myelitis’s seasonal occurrences.
Families of AFM children have set up a Facebook group to help raise awareness and help parents of newly diagnosed children.
Author: Jim Satney
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