PITTSBURGH — There are two more suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis in our area, according to a release by the Allegheny County Health Department.
That brings the total number of suspected cases to three. One patient is a resident of Allegheny County, the second is a resident of Beaver County and the third is a resident of Westmoreland County.
There are also six confirmed cases in our area. Five of those patients are residents of Allegheny County and the sixth is a resident of Washington County.
According to the Health Department, all of the Allegheny County residents are from different municipalities.
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Causes for the majority of AFM cases have not been confirmed. However, the CDC said there are a variety of possible causes, such as viruses and environmental toxins.
The following are symptoms of AFM:
- Weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes in the arms or legs
- Facial droop or weakness
- Difficulty moving the eyes
- Drooping eyelids
- Difficulty swallowing
- Slurred speech
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