The federal government says it has very few answers to the mysterious teething troubles in the US, but the country's top researchers know a lot about the disease and what causes it, according to the NBC News. 19659002] This year there were more than 60 confirmed cases of acute limp myelitis, but many more suspected cases, including a handful in northern Texas.
NBC News reports that physicians who study children with AFM have gathered evidence that enterovirus D68 is the major cause of the current AFM outbreak.
Experiments have shown that EV-D68 can invade nerve tissue, including the spine.
A team of academics researchers have formed their own network to find out why very few children develop paralysis due to the virus, that is harmless in more than 99 percent of people infected by it.
In the meantime, the CDC does not consistently have EV-D68 in confirmed cases and they are still looking for other possible causes.
EV-D68 was thought to be the cause of a similar outbreak of polio-like disease in 2014.
Kingston Robinson of McKinney was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, of which acute flaccid myelitis is a subset.
His Doctor at the time, Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, NBC 5, said, "One of the things unique about this variant of transversal myelitis is not only children being weak, but they are very floppy – a limb or two or four will be like damp spaghetti. "
Dr. Greenberg, associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and head of the Transverse Myelitis and Neuromyelitis Optica program at Children's Health, added, "Will we see that? Virus year after year, and if it causes paralysis, then we have something Doing the virus yourself. "