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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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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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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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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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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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laurustine2 February 25 2014 at 1:15 AM

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

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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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James England February 24 2014 at 9:10 PM

I have Post Polio Syndrome I just wonder if this could affect me I'm 64 and live in Texas

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proudpawof4 James England February 24 2014 at 9:22 PM

What symptoms do you have? I had polio as a child and sometimes believe the damage is getting worse. A reply will be appreciated.

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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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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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coopers February 24 2014 at 9:31 PM

My sister 3 years old and I - 4 years old, contracted polio in 1951. We were put in the hospital the day our mother died of polio 48 hours after being diagnosed. My brother was 9 months old and did not get the polio. We did not suffer any crippling affects other than as we are much older now, we have osteoarthritis in our hips, knees and ankles. We received the polio vaccination in the hospital and got boosters at school when in the elementary. Physical therapy which began the hospital and then when we were released and continued throughout our youth. We were so young I don't remember our symptoms other than we felt sick. I would urge the doctors to never stop investigation to help these children. Thank you

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