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US set for unprecedented outbreak of mysterious polio-like virus in 2020

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Daily Mail
January 2, 2019

After a record-setting 186 cases of the polio-like disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, the peak has passed and instances of it are expected to continue to decline – until 2020.

Scientists don’t know why, but the infection, which appears to attack the spinal cord and cause temporary – and occasionally permanent – paralysis primarily in young children seems to ebb and flow in every-other-other-year waves.

The first known outbreak of unknown cause or origin occurred in 2014. AFM reemerged in 2016 and struck 149 people. Then again in 2018 the disease made a comeback, hitting a record 186 confirmed cases so far this year.

So far, it appears that AFM outbreaks occur every other year – and that each resurgence is worse than the last.

One thing is becoming increasingly clear: we can now expect an approximately 14-month lull in cases of AFM.

During that time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are determined to do their utmost to crack the mystery.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:54 am

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