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Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a Condition in Children That is Similar to Polio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently asked health departments and clinicians to watch for symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis in kids, especially through November. That’s when enteroviruses are most common. The rare neurological condition causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. About 90% of the cases in the U.S. have been in young children

“Acute flaccid myelitis is a rapid-onset flaccid myelitis,” says Dr. Jan-Mendelt Tillema, a pediatric neurologist and researcher at Mayo Clinic. “It’s an acute weakness affecting mostly the legs but can also

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