With increased virus activity, providers urged to be alert for signs of rare polio-like syndrome in kids

Pediatricians and top health officials are warning about an uptick in activity of a common virus that in rare cases can cause a polio-like syndrome in young children.

The virus, an enterovirus known as EV-D68, is one of the bugs that regularly circulates and infects us from time to time, typically just causing colds. But occasionally, children infected with it will develop limb weakness and a progressive form of paralysis, what’s called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

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