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Polio-like illness baffles doctors in California

Polio-Like Illness Baffles Doctors In California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small number of children in California have been afflicted with polio-like illnesses that led to paralysis in one or more limbs.

The Los Angeles Times reports that state health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.

The afflicted children rapidly suffered weakness or paralysis, sometimes after a mild respiratory illness.

Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, says a virus may play a role.

She wouldn't provide the number of illnesses, but urged doctors to report new cases of acute paralysis so that investigators can try to figure out a possible cause.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in California since 2012, causing severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more limbs.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1hnnsyd) that state public health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.

Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, called the doctor's request "concerning" because polio has been eradicated in the U.S. and the child had not traveled overseas.

The symptoms sometimes occur after a mild respiratory illness. Glaser said a virus that is usually associated with respiratory illness but which has also been linked to polio-like illnesses was detected in two of the patients.

Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital who has worked with Glaser's team, will present the cases of five of the children at the American Academy of Neurology's upcoming annual meeting.

He said all five patients had paralysis in one or more arms or legs that reached its full severity within two days. None had recovered limb function after six months.

"We know definitively that it isn't polio," Van Haren added, noting that all had been vaccinated against that disease.

Glaser wouldn't provide the number of illnesses. Van Haren said he was aware of around 20.

She urged doctors to report new cases of acute paralysis so that investigators can try to figure out a possible cause.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20140224_ap_c73ae8c6624043b1a02f3a19b581fc05.html#dEXIcSiaLiG0ouoL.99

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alshasoto February 24 2014 at 7:07 PM

It's the nanos....................all that experimenting in CA........................everything we use that is electronic has them.......................soon they will get us all!!!!!!!!! (EVEEEL LAUGH) hAHAHAHAHAHAH

We have polluted out earth, unearthed bacterias and viruses from the rainforests that were never meant to be unearthed and created all kinds of synthetic materials that can kill us. Who knows what this is or what will come. This is the direct result of GREED.

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hellyon3too alshasoto February 24 2014 at 9:24 PM

Sorry to disappoint, but it's been identified as enterovirus 68. The virus is related to the polio virus, but oddly enough, it's also related to the rhinovirus that causes the common cold. Not at all exotic.

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jrexmarda hellyon3too February 24 2014 at 11:52 PM

If it's been identified why are doctors still baffled in California?

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almasearch February 24 2014 at 4:32 PM

Inadequate information!!!! 1) What were the results of the polio testing for the "child with severe paralysis in 2012" (hello? that was TWO years ago... results should be back, no?); 2) Did/have or are the children affected by paralysis recover from said paralysis, or have they remained so?: 3) Does the "sporadic" nature of the disease lend itself to potential nature of the virus that causes polio? I had always thought that "polio" was rather contagious, therefore not a sporadic epidemiologic event. In short, kindly provide more information before creating mass hysteria. Finally, another potential ruleout could be "tick paralysis", which is toxin-related, not viral or bacterial. http://www.cvbd.org/en/tick-borne-diseases/tick-paralysis/human-tick-paralysis/

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peaseporj almasearch February 24 2014 at 5:50 PM

As a polio survivor, I was told by my doctor that there is NO test for past polio. You must go by symptoms. Otherwise a good comment, except for the stuff about mass hysteria. It's no more mass hysteria than anticipating what the next mutant chicken virus will be.

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madlyfem almasearch February 24 2014 at 8:41 PM

They know it is not polio. They are wondering if others have been exposed, or have gotten it, like polio, but never had symptoms. That would take a study, and nothing has been set up yet. The Times article said none have recovered. Not all diseases, bacterial and viral, are very contagious.

This disease turned up less than two years ago; that is not nearly enough time to figure out what it is, let alone what to do about it. During the flu pandemic during and after WWI, they first had to figure out if it was bacterial or viral, or was it virus that permitted a bacterial infection in. The symptoms were so odd. Finally, they decided that while looking for a vaccine, they had to spend their time on keeping it from spreading, despite the stupidity of authorities, military and civil.

I have no doubt they are looking at tick borne diseases. One answer to that would be what tick exists in every area where the disease has appeared. I think everyone should be aware of what to look for in their child. If it is a virus, treatment with an anti-viral might help. We don't know. In the 20th Century, polio was a mystery until Dr. Salk solved it. Then Dr. Sabin figured out how to deliver the medicine orally.

I got my first shot at the age of 12 in 1957. Until then, every child was in danger of getting polio without any chance of protecting his/herself.

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harri82856 February 24 2014 at 3:32 PM

It's the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. (Makes as much sense as a lot of these comments on here.)

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beforepetra harri82856 February 24 2014 at 7:13 PM

Please finish you high school education, go to a library and do some research before you comment again, harri! [there ain't no such thing as a zombie.] :)

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laurustine2 February 25 2014 at 1:15 AM

This is scary!...I remember polio epidemic and the suffering.

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kentaos February 25 2014 at 3:18 AM

I've just been to a talk on GMOs- yes GMOs, blame Monsanto, yes Monsanto!!!!

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jackfish28 February 24 2014 at 2:49 PM

Check gram negative bacteria. I had cases like this in Gulfport, Mississippi. After exposure ended symptoms resolved

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Nina February 25 2014 at 4:29 AM

It is premature if not myopic to presume any disease has been eradicated from anywhere. A virus has an uncanny ability to change its structure. Millions in third world countries have never received vaccinations at all. In the U.S. 'modern' parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated for all sorts of reasons.
The World Health Organization brazenly claims that 'the smallpox virus has been eradicated' from the planet. So now there is no smallpox vaccine readily available for an extremely large population who have not been vaccinated for smallpox!
Eradicated from the planet? Doubtful. What about those cultures we don't even know exist?
Maybe they're carrying measles, mumps, whooping cougs, smallpox. Hopefully not, but it WOULD be helpful if we had the vaccine!

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zuzy@taconic.net February 25 2014 at 5:49 AM

Maybe you should check for any GMO foods ingested,seems as though lately,younger & younger species,whether human or animal is coming out with new side effects such as strange diseases, malformations all slowly leaning to GMOs--it's poison people & mark my words act now before you wait too long for "Proof" like they did with cigarettes,just label it!

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surghucjls February 24 2014 at 2:38 PM

How long have GMO's been put into our Food/Crops and ect, Chemicals in our Water ?

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sunflowerpod February 24 2014 at 4:10 PM

When I was 10 years old I had the same symptoms of difficulty breathing ,paralysis and inflammation.
I was sent to the hospital for six weeks because they thought I had polio. It turned out to be Rheumatic Fever. It took one year and penicillin until I was 18 years old. Just another thought to check out.

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madlyfem sunflowerpod February 24 2014 at 8:50 PM

I father, born in 1915, had Rheumatic Fever as a child. Doctors would know it if that was what it was. It would not cause nearly two years of paralysis in the first child. Penicillin would work if this were bacterial. I have no doubt that has been tried; when in doubt, try everything that won't kill you. They would also try that if it were thought to be tick borne.

By the way, be aware that your heart valves may have been effected; dad's were. It didn't bother him until he was 85.

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