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May 26, 2022

Study Confirms Pathogenesis of EV-D68 Virus Causing Polio-like Paralyzing Illness in Children

Twelve years after a five-year-old boy died from acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), researchers continued to investigate the pathology and immune response of this polio-like illness. A new case report in the New England Journal of Medicine provides evidence that Enterovirus D68 RNA and protein were found in the spinal cord of preserved autopsy tissue– proof that EV-D68 causes AFM. Dr. Matthew Vogt, MD, PhD, is the corresponding author of the paper.