Polio-like disease appears in California children in what researchers call a 'rare phenomenon'

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 12:28 PM

STANFORD, Calif. — An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven't identified any common causes connecting the cases.

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thismompaysattentionFeb. 25, 1410:53 AM

A good example of why the lawsuit against MN Health Department around data collection with newborns was such a blow to our collective health. We need to be able to track this stuff on a large scale to identify, and then address, changing health concerns as early as possible.

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rileraFeb. 25, 1411:23 AM

Could the polio virus be morphing into something not covered by the vaccine thanks to those who choose not to vaccinate?

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amye2776Feb. 25, 1412:18 PM

Way to make it about vaccinating Rila. No Polio is not morphing into something because of anti-vaxers. Although I can't really blame you for jumping to that conclusion since it wasn't really spelled out in this article clearly. Samples from two of the children tested positive for enterovirus 68. Enterovirus 68 was first identified in a California lab in 1962.

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fdrebinFeb. 25, 1412:51 PM

Yet another reason to control our borders. There are hundreds of third world diseases that we don't or can't vaccinate against, or even cure. Each person who enters here from these other places are potential carriers of epidemics we have no defense against.

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selfmadeFeb. 25, 14 2:14 PM

Multiple cases of this rare unclassified disease appear out of the blue in the same state within a relatively short traveling distance between them and they're not related...Yeah, ok.

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davethedogFeb. 25, 14 4:12 PM

Were these kids fully vaccinated and up to date? Were they exposed to kids who weren't vaccinated? Lots of unanswered questions in this story. And being that CA has one of the largest populations of un-vaccinated children I don't think it's at all "jumping to conclusions" to want them asked and answered.

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wildfoxFeb. 25, 14 9:53 PM

The amount of unidentified medical issues in USA brought here from abroad is astounding. It is not talked about but people who work in hospitals see it often. Strange conditions of unknown etiology. Scary it what it is!

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amye2776Feb. 26, 1412:44 PM

Yes, Dave, according to other articles on this same subject, All five children had been vaccinated against the poliovirus. This is a polio-like virus (in that is causes paralysis of limbs) not actually polio. There is no vaccine to protect you from a non-polio enterovirus. A vaccination for polio would not have prevented this. Enterovirus 68 was first identified in a California lab in 1962 after four children came down with a severe respiratory illness. Between 1970 and 2005, only 26 cases of enterovirus 68 in the United States were reported to the CDC. Since 2000, the government agency has kept a closer watch and has seen 47 cases. Outbreaks have occurred over the years in Asia and Europe, but it's still one of the rarest types of enterovirus.

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