Serious illness alert for children

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Doctors and health professionals in New Mexico are warning parents about a serious illness that has been detected in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed one case of acute flaccid myelitis in Doña Ana County. Dr. Chad Smelser, the state epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health says, it’s an illness that affects mostly children, causing inflammation of the spinal cord, potentially resulting in paralysis. Adding, children can get it shortly after a viral illness. Smelser said there is no cure, but there are supportive treatments like proper nutrition and therapies to improve patient outcomes. The best way to prevent AFM is to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.