The Role of CDC in AFM Surveillance

July 24, 2019

The TMA is joined by Dr. Janell Routh and Dr. Manisha Patel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Dr. Benjamin Greenberg from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to discuss the role of CDC in Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) surveillance. The history of the CDC’s response to AFM is discussed. The medical experts explain the difference between polio and AFM. The experts also give a detailed explanation for the current state of reporting of AFM to CDC. A new consult portal was recently developed by the TMA in collaboration with CDC and physicians at UTSW and Johns Hopkins, and more information is given on this new tool. The CDC officials also discuss plans for follow-up of AFM patients. The experts give an overview of the current research being conducted on AFM and how it will inform future treatment.