Experts chase the cause of a paralyzing childhood disease spiking this year

Doctors are desperately testing therapies for acute flaccid myelitis.

By the time Jourdan Loyola was finally diagnosed with a rare and baffling condition called acute flaccid myelitis two years ago, the 5-year-old could not move his neck, right arm or either leg. Unsure how to treat the unusual condition, which began with coldlike symptoms and progressed within days to paralysis, doctors in New Orleans scrambled to consult colleagues across the country before giving him steroids and a massive dose of disease-fighting antibodies.

Source: AFM: Experts chase the cause acute flaccid myelitis – The Washington Post