CDC Investigates 155 Cases of ‘Polio-like’ AFM, Confirms 62

CDC Investigates 155 Cases of ‘Polio-like’ AFM, Confirms 62

The confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the United States this year have now spiked to 62 cases in 22 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is up from early-October when the CDC had confirmed 38 cases of AFM in 16 states.1 2 3

The CDC is investigating a total of 155 cases of the polio-like condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis, and respiratory failure. One death has been associated with the AFM.1 2 4

AFM affects mostly children. About 90 percent of those with AFM are 18 years of age or younger. The average age of those diagnosed with the illness is four years old. There have been only a handful of adult cases of AFM. 4 5

Jason Smith, MD of Primary Pediatrics in Macon, Georgia says that AFM “affects the grey matter in the spinal cord and in the brain. It demyelinates the neurons there, which means basically it uncovers those neurons so they don’t work very well or don’t work at all.” He adds, “Their face may droop. Their smile might not look symmetric. Their airway could get loud because it relaxed, weakness in the arms or legs.”6

The CDC admits that public health officials “don’t know the cause of most of the cases of AFM.” The following statement is posted on the CDC’s website: “We don’t know what caused the increase in AFM cases starting in 2014. We have not yet determined who is at higher risk for developing AFM, or the reasons why they may be at higher risk.”1

What is clear is that AFM appears to be spreading among young children in the U.S. Within the past three weeks alone, the confirmed cases have grown by 61 percent. There are nearly twice the number of confirmed cases so far this year compared to all of last year. In 2017, there were 33 confirmed cases of AFM in 22 states.1

States that have reported confirmed cases of AFM this year include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.7 8 9


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AFM Investigation.
2 Lu K. 16 States Have Confirmed Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases During 2018. Oct. 12, 2018.
3 TVR Staff. ‘Modern Polio’ Cases Confirmed in 16 States. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 10, 2018.
4 Welch A. CDC confirms 62 cases of polio-like illness, mostly affecting kids. CBS News Oct. 16, 2018.
5 Fox M. CDC investigating more cases of polio-like syndrome. NBC News Oct. 22, 2018.
6 Baker P. 3 confirmed cases of AFM, a polio-like disease, found in Georgia. 13WMAZ Oct. 18, 2018.
7 Cohen E, Nedelman M. Most states facing confirmed or possible cases of polio-like illness. CNN Oct. 16, 2018.
8 Polio-Like Disease Outbreak 2018: List of AFM Cases in States Across the United States. Oct. 18, 2018.
9 Lacitis E. Mysterious paralyzing illness leaves Washington families reeling. The Seattle Times Oct. 19, 2018.

41 Responses to "CDC Investigates 155 Cases of ‘Polio-like’ AFM, Confirms 62"

  1. Diane Schmitt   October 25, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Has anyone correlating the data in these cases for vaccine vs non-vaccine kids? Any particular vaccine that has been added to the schedule since this began? Ex: flu vaccine?

  2. Susan   October 25, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I would like to know how many of these people were recently vaccinated within the past 6 months? My daughter developed GBS (Guillian- Barre Syndrome) at 16, I am suspecting the HEP B vaccine she received. Of course her Dr wouldn’t admit that the injection she had given her caused it. The symptoms of AFM are exactly the same as GBS, how exactly do they distinguish between those two and Polio?

  3. Drew   October 25, 2018 at 1:40 am

    I wonder how many of these cases occurred shortly after receiving the “polio shot”?

  4. Diana   October 25, 2018 at 1:57 am


  5. Kathleen Egbert   October 25, 2018 at 2:02 am

    The book, The Moth in the iron Lung, a Biography of Polio, by Forrest Maready, is well worth a read as background for evaluating this emerging AFM plague.The book traces the relationships between toxic metal poisoning and infection by various organisms that can cause paralysis. While there is apparently a lot less toxic metal poisoning of the general public these days, we all know there are plenty of other toxic and infectious exposures that harm the nervous system. We should all realize that the ever increasing exposure to microwaves from smart phones, cell towers, smart meters, wifi, and the new 5G are just as toxic to the nervous system, cell membranes and the body as a whole as any molecular poison ever was. I will not be surprised to see massive increases in these numbers, mandatory polio shots for all, and the continuing deterioration of health in all Americans as the real causes of ill health continue to be ignored and denied.

  6. sheldon101   October 25, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Wow a sort of straight forward story.

    But what yo have left out are (1) in America the Polio vaccine given is not a live vaccine. It is killed/inactive vaccine that cannot result in Polio while the live Polio vaccine can cause vaccine strain polio.. (2) Despiite 1, every child has been tested for polio with negative results.

  7. gingerperth   October 25, 2018 at 5:38 am

    will they ever tell us if these are the polio vaccinated kids getting sick?

  8. Kenly Goonan   October 25, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Is AFM the same as GBS?

  9. Augustina Hasho   October 25, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Are they checking to see if there is a connection to the flu vaccine? CDC may be covering up for big Pharma. Sorry, but this is too serious a problem for our children. My husband was given a pneumatic vaccine without permission and was dead within 6 weeks. Of course I had no recourse in the matter. The hospital even phoned up the death certificate. Thank you for all your efforts to make people aware of the facts concerning the vaccine hoax.

  10. Melody   October 25, 2018 at 6:47 am

    I went back to the timeline of vaccines in this country to see what may have been added to the regimen during the time frame in which we saw the increase in cases begin and what I found was in 2015 the CDC approved DTaP+IPV (which contains inactivated polio along with the other things) and was intended for ages 4-6. Hmmm, could this be part at least of this “outbreak”? When something starts to happen, it is good to look at what changes occurred about that time…

  11. Cherry Misra   October 25, 2018 at 7:14 am

    It is high time for the medical establishment to treat these cases with high dose vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate or liposomal ascorbate . On youtube, one can watch Dr. Suzanne Humphries describing a doctor, decades ago who cured many cases of polio with high dose vitamin C therapy. Our public health fraternity , which is so good at publishing pamphlets telling parents to keep their child healthy by washing his hands, never seems to make a point of telling parents to give their children vitamin D , or to get their child out in the sun. Nor do they explain to parents the importance of daily vitamin C through fruits Both of these practises would substantially decrease sick days in children and save lives.

  12. janice curtin   October 25, 2018 at 7:20 am

    If you have read about the cause of polio, you will know that it started with a toxin, DDT, which activated the polio viris. It worked the same way, attacking the spinal cord and brain. It sounds to me like the cause could be aluminum. I suggest all vaxxed children drink Fiji to flush out aluminum and use homeopathy as below. read about aluminum research at

  13. Lynn Klein   October 25, 2018 at 7:23 am

    My question is this: has anyone done a thorough investigation of events in these children’s lives prior to onset? It seems that most of these states are the sunnier ones, but how many kids these days get enough outside time to develop D3? Most parents slather on the sunscreen every time they go out the door…more investigation needs to happen, but if I had young children now, I’d be making sure they received supplementation with D3, A, E, and C, and didn’t have any large vaccination series at one time.

  14. Ingrid   October 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Please provide NVIC’s perspective on this issue. You have simply reported what the news has already stated. Thank you.

  15. Shannon   October 25, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I wonder if the kids that get AFM, we’re vaccinated with the flu vaccine? I’ve heard it’s a side effect from the vaccine.

  16. Sue Diederich   October 25, 2018 at 9:48 am

    And, of course, once you are put into the hospital what is the first thing they do??? Eliminate fat and cholesterol from your diet – both of which are known to protect and rebuild…. what??? Myelin sheathing of the nerve cells. GO FIGURE. Might not be a miracle cure to put these things back into these children’s diets, but it certainly does not help anybody to eliminate those parts of the diet that can help the body rebuild what has been and is being destroyed.

  17. Johann   October 25, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I am curious if these victims have been vaccinated, and if so if there is a common vaccine between them all.

  18. Ann   October 25, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I wonder if anybody would like to admit that allowing third wold refugees and illegals to enter our country is posing a huge health risk to our citizens. They are bringing God knows what into our population. No more Ellis Island, no more screening people that want to move next door to you and I.Build the damn wall and protect US citizens.

  19. Colorado   October 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Is this a take your kids out of school concern if there is a reported case nearby? Have read quite a few articles on this and would like better information on how this is transmitted with children. Also, any advice on possible supplements or dietary inclusions which could help provide natural immunity to deflect this in the first place?

  20. trisha   October 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

    What about all the cases in India? I thought it was connected to the polio vaccines that were
    not allowed in the states.

  21. Britt Lind   October 25, 2018 at 11:45 am

    It’s so obvious it’s the vaccines. The CDC doesn’t need to investigate they just need to admit that.

  22. Dee Dee   October 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Have the infected children been vaccinated for polio? We soooooo need to know.

  23. Paul Thomas   October 25, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Has their been any attempt by the CDC to investigate this to see what vaccines were given to those who develop this condition? Since each year the flu shot is new – it would be important to know for example if all the cases or most occurred in flu vaccinated individuals. Second it would be important to know which enteroviruses they have found associated with this?

  24. Diana McCray   October 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I’m just curious where you’re headed with this article. Do you think AFM is caused by vaccines?

  25. Gillian   October 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    CDC has admitted in the past that contamination has occured in the process of making vaccines, such as SV40 in the Polio vaccine. Would it be possible that any of the series of the current vaccines be recently contaminated with AFM? We know that the CDC distributes the same LOT of vaccines throughout the US, they don’t send one LOT to one specific place in case of problems in one such LOT. My hopes for the sake of the children in the US is that the CDC investigates the series of vaccines that each sick child has received and LOT #’s of each one and do a comparative analysis to find out if there is a common link and investigate from there.

  26. Jay   October 25, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I’m curious why there is no thorough, detailed forensic epidemiological study regarding this. And, how were these cases “confirmed”? Was the supposed polio virus isolated in each person or was this like in the case of HIV (RNA virus) and Hep B,C (RNA viruses) etc.. where a protein test strip only detects antibodies….which may or may not be set off by polio virus (if one truly exists, read “Trial by Fury” for starters) and more likely by other conditions, toxins, inflammation, recent vaccine, sickness with cold/flu….. Viruses, at least real cytotoxic DNA virus, do not pick and choose who they infect. Kochs Postulates is the gold standard to sort all of this non$en$e out. But opportunistic scientists from the days of the polio scare, have tossed Kochs out the window. Wonder why? I know, do you?

  27. Ann   October 25, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Maybe this illness is related to the rise in migrant children that began in the summer of 2014. ie. those people from those countries (Guatemala, Honduras, etc) have an immunity to some virus strain that our children do not. Then we had another spike of these immigrants in April 2017. Does this seem feasible? Are the locations of these cases correlated with the places that those 2014 immigrants ended up? Since we don’t screen or follow them, (like we used to do at Ellis Island decades ago) is there any way to tell?

    • i quesion   October 26, 2018 at 10:13 am

      shure ok but this
      flurix ,,,,,,,,,, mylitis convulstions seziers facial paralisis
      gardasill, mylitis
      flu zone ,,,mylitis GBS
      proqid,,, mylisits
      afloria ,,,mylistis GBS
      MMR mylitis ,measles esphalitis gbs all vaxcines sidee i cpouldnt dow load the sheets or injsurts , we allways wnat to blame others but the real reason we not very smart or educated is why bamboozled

  28. Angie   October 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    If the victims were not vaccinated they’d already be screaming it form every media outlet available so we can pretty safely assume that the majority of them, if not all, were vaccinated. I pray they find answers soon. This is terrible. Those poor children and their families.

    • Alex J. Delva   November 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      No, you heard wrong. People too ignorant to understand are skipping vaccinations and that has a lot to do with the problem. Many of these new cases include children who were NOT vaccinated.

      • Anna Miller   December 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm

        I am interested to know where you found the data whether they were vaccinated or not, do you have an article link? It seems like a lot of us have that same question.

      • Yesenia Hernandez   January 4, 2019 at 7:52 am

        Not true, most of the children affected were vaccinated. And they developed this infection at the ages of 4, 6 and 18. Ironically those are the ages when they receive the polio vaccine. I know because I was on hold with the CDC for hrs before they answered. They said that there is a possibility that it might be coming from the vaccine. I think that the question should be, Is it contagious?

  29. Steve   October 25, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    It is not “obvious” that AFM is vaccine caused. However it is certainly worthwhile to look at the issue from that perspective letting the facts fall where they will. There has never been public admission of causation from vaccines despite very clear cases. Reducing public confidence in vaccines has enormous economic consequence. This is precisely why it will never happen and the issue is so polarized.

  30. Walter Kyle   October 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    4000 cases of polio caused by Salk vaccine in Massachusetts in the summer of 1955 were investigated by CDC’s Alexander Langmuir- the father of the Epidemiological Intelligence Service…

    You need a compartmented clearance to see the analyses so ask WRAIR which ran the program. Big pharma just follows orders and the money trail leads away from the actual problem.

    Polio is defined as an asymmetric ascending acute onset flaccid paralysis. Injection limb paralysis in the old polio cases can start the paralysis in upper limbs … and it spreads to family members who will initiate paralysis in one of the legs then it progresses upwardly but the paralysis is not even in opposing limbs.

    AFM only differs from the classic description of polio in that is may start in upper injected – or opposite injected – limbs. AFM is caused by a trypsinized variant of Salk Type 1 polio virus.

  31. sheryl   October 27, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    In South Carolina we have sprayed a few cities that have had confirmed cases of west nile. I do not know what kind of pesticide but apparently it is harmful to bees…Just wondering ….

  32. Nancy Allen   October 30, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    And where were the vaccines that these kids received manufactured ?? China has been wooing the vaccine market for some time. Then there is the situation with the Rotavirus vaccine contaminated with pig Circovirus. So who knows what is in the multiple vaccines given to our kids. Oh God. These dear families.

  33. EE   October 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe the new 5G services (powerful microwave frequencies) have powered up in their environments and have fried/cooked their delicate nervous systems.This IS NOT A VIRUS! Nor caused by “germs”. Its totally a biological “frequency” malfunction of developing neurons….see These kids are “canaries in the coal mine” and we should be reacting quickly. Chasing germs & viruses will be wasting time while our kids continue to get zapped.

  34. Anna   November 14, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Parents need to meet the school vaccine requirements and most procrastinate until the start of school hence the incidences spike in September. It’s simply caused by vaccines which is why they ‘don’t know what causes it’. As if with modern technology they would simply have no answer. They know exactly what causes it.

  35. Robert Williams   January 24, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    My son was filling kinda sick with in 4 days he was in the hospital and no one could give us any answers day went to weeks went into mouths and now here we all are that has been touched in one way or another hope for the best for everybody

  36. Amy   April 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    There was an increase in the number of strains in the flu vaccine in 2014 (Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine), the first year AFM was an “outbreak”. Quadrivalent vaccine was approved in 2012 and approved for the 2013-2014 year.
    16th paragraph:

    So if there is a connection to a vaccine, this one is given at all ages and has myelitis conditions as rare side effects. Combine with another virus (creating right environment in body) that affects children of the specified age range and with a periodicity of every 2 years, and you have the perfect environment for AFM.
    Granted they will probably come up with another vaccine to prevent said other virus (possibly EV-D68) and then say see problem fixed. When it was the creation of that virus becoming a problem. Then it will be a series of 3 vaccines before 1 years old, then a booster or 2 before the age of 5, can we say cha ching for pharmaceuticals.


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