Polio-like Enterovirus Responsible For Unexplained Paralysis in Children

March 31, 2015 9:54 AM

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Polio-like Enterovirus Responsible For Unexplained Paralysis in Children

Enterovirus called D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. In last year the enterovirus has been suspected as the cause of a at least 115 unexplained muscle weakness or paralysis in children in 34 states.

According to a study published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers from the University of California-San Francisco, analyzed genetic sequences from 25 patients from Colorado and California who were infected with enterovirus 68.

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