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Worrying spread of mysterious polio-like illness has left more than 100 children paralyzed across America with little hope of recovery – as doctors warn of a new surge in cases

Daily Mail
By Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com | Published: 00:58 EST, 4 October 2016 | Updated: 09:54 EST, 4 October 2016
 
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A polio-like illness that once paralyzed at least 120 children around the country in one year is on the rise again.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. Symptoms similar to that of a cold can escalate dramatically and leave most of a child’s body paralyzed in a matter of days.

Fifty people across 24 states have contracted AFM from January to August this year, the CDC reported Monday.

This increase follows a similar pattern to an AFM surge that affected at least 120 children in 2014.

Many still have not recovered fully today.

Researchers do not know what causes AFM, or what triggers weakness in the arms and legs during the disease.

AFM has several causes, which include infections by enteroviruses (polio and non-polio), the West Nile virus and viruses of the same family, and adenoviruses.
 
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