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CDC AFM --- environmental toxin
What we know
The patients’ symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. See a list of viruses associated with AFM(https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/about-afm.html#germs).
AFM is one of a number of conditions
that can result in neurologic illness with limb weakness. Such
illnesses can result from a variety of causes, including viral
infections, environmental toxins, genetic disorders, and
Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurologic disorder caused by an
abnormal immune response that attacks the body’s nerves.
Oftentimes, however, despite extensive laboratory testing, a
cause for AFM is unable to be identified.