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Polio-like illness in children baffles doctors

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A polio-like illness which has left 25 or more children with paralyzed limbs is reportedly baffling doctors in California, according to a Yahoo! News report on Monday. The affected-children are currently challenged by the mysterious polio-like virus. The average age of the affected-children is 12 years of age.

A pediatric neurologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, said that it is a really bad virus. In the best-case scenario, a child is said to have lost mobility of one limb. In a worst-case scenario, a child is said to have lost mobility of all four limbs. Dr. Keith Van Haren said that the virus is like the “old polio.” He said it also involves respiratory insufficiency in the patients affected.

The mysterious disease’s symptoms include – but are not limited to – loss of one’s ability to move limbs which leads to atrophy which is defined as a partial or total wasting away of one part of the body.

The first reported case of the virus was documented in 2012. That occurred in 2012. Recently, two more cases were documented in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, there are 25 or more cases.

Dr. Van Haren said that medical experts are asking any families who notice a sudden onset of weakness to see their doctors immediately.

Polio, as one will remember was one of the most-challenging diseases of the past century in the United States as it attacked one’s nervous system, mainly striking children.



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