In 2014, there was an outbreak of a new type of polio-like illness in children that caused weakness and spinal cord abnormalities.

Physicians named the illness acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) or acute flaccid myelitis because the children lost control of their limbs and couldn’t move normally. Now, scientists think it’s a virus called enterovirus EV-D68.

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