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Gallatin County confirms case of rare AFM disease

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BOZEMAN - A case of a rare disease that strikes the nervous system is confirmed in Gallatin County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed one case of the rare disease called acute flaccid myelitis in a Gallatin County resident. The disease, commonly called AFM, is not polio.

While the details of the patient are not specified, the Montana Dept. of Health and Human Services said previously that two adults in Gallatin Co. were being tested for potential AFM.

An alert from the Gallatin city-county health department says the rare and poorly-understood illness affects the nervous system and can cause muscle weekness, drooping eyelids or face, and difficulty swallowing or speaking. Experts don't yet know what pathogen causes AFM.

AFM is most commonly found in young children, and 80 cases have been confirmed in 25 states this year.

People are encouraged to take basic steps to avoid infections, including washing hands and staying up-to-date on vaccinations.

See a doctor if you suspect AFM symptoms.

Click here for the CDC's guide to the illness.

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