More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and US health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it.
This year’s count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
It’s not clear what’s causing some children to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.
Health officials call the condition acute flaccid myelitis. No one has died from it this year, but CDC officials say at least half the patients do not recover from the paralysis and some have serious complications.
Polio and West Nile virus have been ruled out. Doctors have suspected the cause might be some kind of…