A mysterious polio-like disease has sickened as many as 127 people in the U.S.

There is no cure for acute flaccid myelitis, and the CDC can’t figure out what’s causing it

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CASES OF CONCERN There have been 62 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, mostly among children. The rare, mysterious disease affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis.

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