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Moms give CDC an 'F' for handling of polio-like illness
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A CDC doctor said the agency was working hard to find the cause of the outbreaks

Since 2014, there have been 396 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, which resembles polio and causes paralysis in children

Albany, Oregon CNN  — 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own medical advisers are criticizing the federal health agency for being slow to respond to a polio-like disease that’s struck hundreds of children over the past six years.

“Frustrated and disappointed – I think that’s exactly how most of us feel,” said Dr. Keith Van Haren, one of the CDC advisers on AFM and an assistant professor of neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Van Haren and other doctors who care for these children say the agency has been slow to gather data and to guide pediatricians and emergency room physicians on how to diagnose and treat the children struck with the disease, acute flaccid myelitis.