‘Missing’ virus detected in dozens of children paralyzed by polio-like illness

A UCSF-led research team has detected the immunological remnants of a common seasonal virus in spinal fluid from dozens of patients diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) — a polio-like illness that causes permanent, sometimes life-threatening paralysis in young children. The findings provide the clearest evidence to date that AFM is caused by an enterovirus (EV) that invades and impairs the central nervous system.

Source: ‘Missing’ virus detected in dozens of children paralyzed by polio-like illness



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