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    Default The Toll Mounts From a Mystery Disease Some Call "The New Polio"

    Jeffrey Kluger
    October 9, 2019

    By any measure, the Roberts family of Richmond, Va. was spectacularly unlucky. They lost their son to a disease that science first recognized only in 2012. Itís new enough that it didnít even have a formally accepted name until 2014. When it got one, it was one of those names that is more or less just a clinical description of what the disease is: acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a sudden inflammation of spinal tissue resulting in flaccid paralysis of the muscles of the limbs, neck, face and often diaphragm. Itís a lot like polio but itís not polio; itís a little like meningitis and Guillain-Barrť syndrome but itís not them either.

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    Islander, thank you for this very informative article. AFM is especially scary because it strikes young children, with the average age being 4 to 5 yrs. old--kindergarteners. One ray of sunshine is that children can fully recover from this disease, unlike polio where the effects are often more permanent. I'm happy to see the government and the medical community are taking this disease seriously and acting with all haste to find a solution.

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