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What you need to know about the ‘polio-like’ illness popping up around the U.S.

“The CDC found evidence of enterovirus D68 in respiratory samples in approximately 20% of patients affected, and other viruses in another 20%, though in the majority of cases a trigger was not identified,” Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center and neuroinfectious disease expert Dr. Kiran Thakur told The News. “Most patients presented with an acute febrile illness preceding the onset of weakness, so we think an infection triggered AFM, though we often cannot prove this by lab testing.”

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