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What to know about acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that's affecting children

What to know about acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that's affecting children

Five children in Maryland have contracted symptoms of an illness similar to polio this fall, according to state health officials. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether these children are infected with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare neurological illness.

What is acute flaccid myelitis?

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is a condition that affects the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord. It primarily occurs in children.

What are the symptoms of AFM?

AFM can cause weakness and pain in the arms and legs. Symptoms also can include facial droop and weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids or difficulty...

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