Genetic study boosts evidence for EV-D68 in polio-like cases

April 1, 2015 12:02 AM

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Genetic study boosts evidence for EV-D68 in polio-like cases

A careful study of children at two Colorado and California hospitals who had polio-like illnesses strengthens the evidence that cases were related to enterovirus-D68, which caused a widespread outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses in US children last year, according to a report published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The virus was found in 12 of 25 patients who had the polio-like condition, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), and the proportion probably would have been higher if respiratory samples had been collected earlier, the researchers said. In addition, a thorough genomic search for other viruses in the ...

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