Polio

5 children in Maryland might have a polio-like disease. The CDC is investigating.

5 children in Maryland might have a polio-like disease. The CDC is investigating.

Five children in Maryland have contracted symptoms of a virus similar to polio this fall, according to the state health department.

The cases are among dozens of possible instances of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating across the country. The condition affects the nervous system and has polio-like symptoms.

This year, five children in Maryland have come down with AFM symptoms, according to the Maryland Department of Health. The first case in Maryland this year was contracted Sept. 21, a spokeswoman for the department said in an email.

The disease affects the spinal cord and can cause weakness and pain...

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