This One in a Million Disease is One to Watch

The rare, polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis spike in the US has peaked, but the quest to understand the disease continues.

Cases surged in 2014, then in 2016, and again in 2018, with 158 cases confirmed so far. This year, parents and the medical community are more aware of AFM than ever, but its cause still baffles researchers.

While AFM’s toll on children (it affects about 1 in a million people—usually young children) doesn’t match that of sickle cell or type 1 diabetes, it warrants more attention, notes neurologist Riley Bove: “Before polio affected tens of thousands of kids, it affected hundreds."

The Atlantic

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