Over the past ten days the Texas Health Department has recorded 8 cases of individuals being infected with acute flaccid myelitis or AFM.

This condition affects the nervous system mainly in the spinal cord which causes weakness in the limbs, similar to how polio presents.

According to the CDC, AFM is rare but serious. The cause can be from a variety of factors including viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders. AFM can also get its start from the polio virus, West Nile virus and adenoviruses.

As a preventative, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated for the polio virus, protect against mosquitoes and West Nile virus by removing stagnant water and using insect repellent.

For more information from the CDC on AFM click here.