A New Disease Paralyzes Children - You Can Help Stop It!
In the summer of 2014, an epidemic of paralysis in children took place in the US. Children under 6 years of age first developed a cold, and a few days later they could not move an arm or a leg. This condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, and a virus called enterovirus D-68 was identified as a cause. This virus caused a similar outbreak of paralysis in children in 2016 and now, in 2018, a third outbreak is ongoing. Because our laboratory formerly did research on poliovirus, which is well known for paralyzing children, we began working on enterovirus D-68 to understand how it infects the respiratory tract, how the virus spreads to the brain and spinal cord, and how it damages nerve cells. Your support for this work is needed in order to generate the basic information needed to prevent or treat these infections. We currently do not have financial support for this urgent and timely research.