A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms –acute flaccid paralysis–has officials across scrambling.
Only 10% of corn masa flour and no soft corn tortillas–staples in the Hispanic diet– contained folic acid, which can help prevent devastating birth defects.
All cases are among infants and children under age six who all reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of “acute flaccid paralysis.”
A 5-state project aims to improve vaccination rates among low-income children and pregnant women, using registries to track the immunization of all residents.
A split is growing between cities that want to require private companies to give workers paid sick days and states that are determined to stop them.