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Acute Flaccid Myelitis

A Rare but Devastating Illness

Beal, Judy A., DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March/April 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 2 - p 116
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000515
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but devastating illness that predominantly effects children. In January, 2019, the CDC confirmed 186 cases of AFM across 38 states in the United States in 2018, mostly in individuals under 18 years of age. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides an update.

Judy A. Beal is a Professor and Dean, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, Simmons University, Boston, MA. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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