Polio

Doctors in California are baffled by a mysterious illness that mimics the dreaded Polio virus. Polio paralyzed thousands of children and adults worldwide until it was eradicated in 1979.

The new polio-like illness has infected up to 25 children in California so far, CBS News reports. The new illness causes flu-like symptoms and muscle wasting, severe weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs, a new case study reports.

Cases of polio-like symptoms caused by an enterovirus have been reported in children in Asia and Australia over the past decade.

"We think one reason why these cases may have occurred in California is that we are at the western-most part of the United States, so we may have had a higher circulation of the virus that was originally identified in Asia," said Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant, co-author of the case report and a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Like the poliovirus, most people infected with the new strain have no symptoms.

"It's very likely that the vast majority of people infected with enterovirus will be fine," Waubant said. Most never develop neurological problems because the virus usually stays in the respiratory tract, where it may cause flu-like symptoms.

After discovering 5 new cases, researchers and public health officials in California checked previous cases to determine if there was a link to the new virus strain.

“These five new cases highlight the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome in California,” Dr. Keith Van Haren, an instructor in neurology and neurological sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., said in a written statement Sunday.

Researchers point out that all five confirmed cases received polio vaccines in the past.

"We would like to stress that this syndrome appears to be very, very rare. Any time a parent sees symptoms of paralysis in a child, the child should be seen by a doctor right away," said Van Haren.

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    :facepalm:

  • Gigi26

    :offtopic: PAULA PATTON n ROBIN THICKE ANNOUNCE SPLIT.

    LAWD NO!!!

  • SOTHERNGRL

    DAMN ASIA YALL FUGGIN IT UP FOR EVERYBODY.

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    PAULA PATTON n ROBIN THICKE ANNOUNCE SPLIT.
    _____________________

    :lol: She is so gay. Who is she fooling?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUg9iK7xeU Razz n Tazz n Such :kiss:

    Damn Gigs! I love them as a couple... :snort: heads or not!

  • SOTHERNGRL

    PAULA PATTON n ROBIN THICKE ANNOUNCE SPLIT.
    LAWD NO!!!
    ******************
    They may as well unannouce and stay they azz together.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Oh lord :no:

  • Jdore

    Gigi26 says:

    :offtopic: PAULA PATTON n ROBIN THICKE ANNOUNCE SPLIT.

    LAWD NO!!!
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    We knew it was coming...maybe now she won't be as intoxicated in pics with 3 chins as she :D

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    Chile where Diva :popcorn: Dallas will be back tonight :yahoo:

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    I wants no parts of this :no:

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    :offtopic: PAULA PATTON n ROBIN THICKE ANNOUNCE SPLIT.
    LAWD NO!!!
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    But "The Rest of My Life" makes me so happy. I hate to hear of married couples not being able to work it out :(

  • Gigi26

    You know I think low key Robin was the reason that Paula was getting high off that blow all the time :no: trying to keep up that facade will push you to that white or the drank :yes:

  • deedeegirl

    I imagine that picture of him with his finger in that girl's @ss was difficult to explain. and then the make out pic a few weeks ago, it's clear he's a ho.

  • Who Dat

    I only clicked on this cause I love me some Archbishop Tutu :love: :hug:

    Hope them kids get better and they figure it out.

    Paula and Robin need to stop playing. :no:

  • deedeegirl

    with everything they are doing to our food I'm surprised there are not a lot more birth defects. Everywhere. It's not safe to eat anything, almost.

  • Ni ni

    I think its the food too. Im trying to convince some family members who used to raise animals and grow crops to start back but theyre all in their 60s-80s now and although they get around better than me, they dont want to get back into it. Im still trying to convince my dad though and I want to, learn as well.

  • Afiya

    There are some children in Washington state born with parts of their brain missing :crying1:

  • BadNewzBiddy

    My little cousin was the first one before this came out. It started out like a cold. Within hours, turned into severe flu symptoms. Doctors thought it was a flu, prescribed him flu meds and sent him home. But the next day, he woke up and couldn't operate his legs. LITERALLY paralyzed. We rushed him to UCSF where he spent a WEEK and was in an isolated room until they could figure out what was causing paralysis and a severe rash all over his body. They diagnosed him w/Influenza B. Sysmptoms are very similar to POLIO. We think he got it from school in San Francisco. This is no joke.
    Fortunately it was caught right away and treated. It cleared up within another week of rest + meds, but parents MUST KNOW this isn't something to overlook and dismiss as a cold/flu. Had it NOT been caught in time, he may have been paralyzed permanenetly.