Dr. Janell Routh is the Medical Officer and Lead for the Acute Flaccid Myelitis and Domestic Poliovirus Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her story and insights into how urgent care should play its role in diagnosing AFM are both equally compelling. Plenty of pearls for all urgent care clinicians and additional resources are below.
CDC info: https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/hcp/clinicians-health-departments/evaluation.html
Downloadable poster about examining kids for muscle weakness: https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/downloads/examining-proximal-muscle-weakness-508.pdf
Though patients with suspected AFM should be referred immediately to the ED, anyone with questions or particular information about cases can email the CDC at: [email protected]