FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACUTE FLACCID MYELITIS
Parents and pediatricians
should be on alert for a rare neurological condition afflicting children that can lead to long-term paralysis
and, infrequently, death, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention warned Tuesday. While acute
flaccid myelitis has been around for years at low levels, serious outbreaks began in 2014, when 120 children in the U.S. were afflicted. Since then, it’s struck in rising numbers every other year in late summer and fall.