Link found between children with paralysis and ‘more polio-like’ strain of enterovirus D68, study says

March 31, 2015 12:34 AM

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Link found between children with paralysis and ‘more polio-like’ strain of enterovirus D68, study says

Genetic sequencing of a virus found in respiratory secretions of children in California and Colorado who suffered from paralysis or muscle weakness last fall reveals that they were infected with a mutated strain of enterovirus D68 that is closer to polio than other strains common in previous years.

The study, published Monday in Lancet Infectious Diseases, sheds new light on one of the most troubling medical mysteries of recent years. Amid a nationwide outbreak of severe respiratory illness, doctors at hospitals nationwide began to report that they were seeing an alarming number of children wi...

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