What we know about the mysterious polio-like illness spreading across the US

The US Centers for Disease Control now says there have been 62 confirmed and 65 suspected cases of the mysterious condition known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

Cases of AFM—which affects the spinal cord—have risen substantially in the US in the past couple of months, Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said today (Oct. 16).

Usually after just a mild cold or fever, the condition weakens or paralyzes limbs. Often patients—most of...

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