CDC now confirms 116 cases of polio-like paralysis


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By Maggie Fox

At least 116 people, mostly children, have been confirmed with the polio-like condition called acute flaccid myelitis, federal health officials said Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating 286 cases of AFM, which puts 2018 on track to be a busy year for cases of the little-understood syndrome.

“So far in 2018, there are 116 confirmed cases of AFM in 31 states,” the CDC said in its latest update.

The CDC says it still does not have a confirmed cause for AFM, which is marked by muscle weakness or paralysis caused by damage to the spinal cord. But the damage is the type often caused by viruses. Although the majority of patients have not tested positive for one specific virus, a family of viruses called enteroviruses are a prime suspect — especially one called EV-D68.




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