Polio-like Disease Strikes Children

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A Science mag news article describes a rare disease (acute flaccid myelitis) that can cause Polio-like symptoms has been found in 22 of the US states.
It may (or may not) be due to the enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a polio relative.
The virus is thought to normally cause mild flu symptoms, but its infection may result in paralysis that can be severe and irreversible.
 

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Yeah, it seems brutal. It sounds like early detection can aid in treatment, so if you notice any muscle weakness in your kids or friends' kids, get them examined STAT.
 

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