Virus associated with the cause of paralyzing polio-like disease in children, researchers say
Saturday, April 20, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS – Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a virus appears to be the cause of a polio-like disease – known as acute slack myelitis – that caused paralyzing symptoms in some Minnesota children in the fall. including a girl who remains hospitalized after losing all engine functions.
The researchers say they found Enterovirus D68 in the spinal fluid of one of six children who suffered acute slack myelitis, a mysterious and sometimes fatal paralysis disease. Minnesota had 1
University's leading researcher, Dr. Heidi Moline says they were able to identify the EV-D68 virus as the cause of paralysis in one of the Minnesota patients suggests it is a likely cause of other recent AFM cases. Last month, CDC reported an increase in both Enterovirus D68 and acute slack myelitis.  Of the 2,579 patients tested, 358 were tested positive for Enterovirus-D68 in 2018. In the same year, 223 cases of acute slack myelitis were confirmed by the CDC.
The virus tends to strike every two years at the end of summer and early autumn, NBC News reported, referring to the CDC.
The research comes from a research network tracking case in seven medical centers: Cincinnati; Houston; Kansas City, Mo .; Nashville; Pittsburgh; Rochester, New York; and Seattle.