GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The state’s health department is investigating four possibly cases of a rare polio-like syndrome in Michigan.
One adult male and three children could have acute flaccid myelitis with cases reported in Macomb, Oakland, Ingham and Ottawa counties. The patient in Ottawa County is a child.
A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said it will take several weeks for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the cases.
Symptoms of AFM include:
- Sudden muscle weakness in arms or legs
- Difficulty moving eyes
- Drooping eyelids or a facial droop/weakness
- Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech
The CDC says there are 62 confirmed cases of AFM across 22 states so far in 2018. The syndrome primarily affects children and isn’t believed to be contagious.