A severe uptick in the incidence of a polio-like illness is worrying doctors and public health officials across the U.S. The CDC, concerned about a potential outbreak, has issued a public health warning.In the summer of 2014, health authorities noticed a disturbing trend of heavily vaccinated children coming down with something that resembled polio. Over a hundred hospitalized patients have yet to recover. In some cases, a mysterious, paralytic condition of the face and limbs accompanied the sickness. The illness is called transverse myelitis, but it includes many sub-types producing various effects. One of the sub-types that have become most worrisome is acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. (Myelitis stands for inflammation of the spinal cord.) The CDC reports that this mysterious illness likely stems from enteroviruses, just as polio does.
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