FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACUTE FLAC­CID MYELI­TIS

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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.

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