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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A rare syndrome of limb weakness and paralysis is currently striking children between the ages of two and eight years old in the US. It is the third outbreak in five years, and disease detectives at local hospitals, state health labs, and labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are using all available diagnostics technologies and approaches to try and find a common link among the cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Yet, the precise cause of the polio-like illness remains a mystery.

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