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CDC To Boost Research On Polio-Like Condition Affecting Several States, Including Texas

Acute Flaccid Myelitis impacts the nervous system, causing weakness in one or more limbs. As of November 6, there were 17 cases in Texas, one of them in Harris County.

The CDC has created a task force to boost the research on a polio-like condition that is affecting several states, including Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a task force to boost the research on a polio-like condition that is affecting several states, including Texas.

The condition is known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) and it affects a person’s nervous system, specifically, the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs. 

As of November 6, there were 17 cases in Texas, one of them in Harris County, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The task force will be formed by experts from a variety of scientific, medical, and public health disciplines. It is scheduled to submit its first report at a public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors that will held December 6 in Atlanta.

The CDC says there have been 106 confirmed cases of AFM in 29 states in 2018. All but five have been in children ages 18 or younger.

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