Saturday, March 7, 2015

Unusual Incidents of Polio-Like Symptoms from Enterovirus



Dennis, Brady (2015, March 2) Mystery paralysis in children is perplexing parents — and researchers. The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mystery-paralysis-in-children-is-perplexing-parents--and-researchers/2015/03/02/20e1113a-b69d-11e4-aa05-1ce812b3fdd2_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1


[excerpted] BALTIMORE — For most of the children who fell ill last year during an outbreak of enterovirus, the symptoms were relatively mild — fever, runny nose, coughing and sneezing…

[However] …More than 100 kids suffered an unexplained, polio-like paralysis that struck quickly but even now continues to stump researchers and upend the lives of the families across the country.

For Priya Duggal and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University, the biggest puzzle is why those children became paralyzed while their brothers and sisters, who also were exposed to the virus, escaped largely unscathed.


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