The media reports of a polio-like condition mostly impacting children sound pretty scary. But let's give acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, some well-needed context.
A few summers ago, adults, but mostly children, were becoming paralyzed after falling ill. This was something that had not been seen in 60 years. It was called acute flaccid myelitis, and while different causes were suspected the mystery remained unsolved. After researchers took a long look at the cases, they may have found the cause.