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Nov 13, 2018

Nov 13, 2018
Child getting MRI

AFM count tops 250 as CDC struggles to find cause

"We're trying to figure out what the triggers are of what causes someone to get AFM," a CDC official says.

Oct 16, 2018

Oct 16, 2018
Sick girl hugging mom in hospital

CDC, partners probe 127 polio-like cases in 22 states

So far 62 acute flaccid myelitis cases—marked by sudden limb weakness—have been confirmed.

Oct 08, 2018

Oct 08, 2018
child in wheelchair

States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids

Minnesota recently reported 6 cases, and some of Colorado's cases were associated with EV-D71.

Jan 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018
Wheelchair

New analysis strengthens link between EV-D68, poliolike complications

A 20-study meta-analysis finds good evidence of an association between the virus and acute flaccid myelitis.

Mar 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017
Lab pipetting

CDC updates flaccid myelitis testing, expands search for clues

Last year saw a surge of 136 AFM cases in 37 states.

Nov 02, 2016

Nov 02, 2016
Hospitalized girl

CDC probes rise in AFM cases as Washington reports cluster

A recent surge may be linked to a cluster of suspected cases in Washington state.

Mar 31, 2015

Mar 31, 2015
Child in wheelchair

Genetic study boosts evidence for EV-D68 in polio-like cases

The virus was found in half the acute flaccid myelitis patients studied, and earlier testing may have identified more, say authors.

Jan 29, 2015

Jan 29, 2015
EV-D68 under the microscope

Report on polio-like illness in kids supports link to EV-D68

The study supports but doesn't prove a link between polio-like symptoms and EV-D68 in kids.

Jan 08, 2015

Jan 08, 2015
Polio patient

CDC: Only 1 patient has fully beaten puzzling polio-like illness

AFM cases now total 103, while EV-D68 cases have reached 1,153, including 13 deaths.

Dec 02, 2014

Dec 02, 2014
Boy in wheelchair

CDC: Link between polio-like illness and EV-D68 looks likely

Neuroepidemiologist calls evidence of a connection "pretty convincing," but proof is still being sought.

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