Study connects enterovirus A71, which causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, to a large outbreak of neurological illness in the U.S in 2018. Symptoms of the virus include myoclonus, ataxia, weakness, and autonomic instability.
Researchers detected immunological remnants of enterovirus in the nervous systems of more than 12 patients with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The findings provide the strongest evidence to date that AFM is caused by a virus. The discovery could lead to improved diagnostics for the condition and the development of a vaccine for AFM.
Researchers have developed a new and innovative surgery that involves the transfer of nerves to help restore movement to children suffering paralysis as a result of contracting AFM.
A new study reviews the cases of two children who presented polio-like symptoms in Germany during the summer of 2016. Similar cases have been reported in the US and numerous other countries over the past few years.