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Mystery Paralysis in Kids Stumps Doctors

Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 01:11 PM

More than 100 of the U.S. children who fell ill last year during an outbreak of enterovirus suffered a polio-like paralysis that continues to stump doctors across the country.
 
While the symptoms were relatively mild for most who came down with the virus — fever, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing — a sizable minority continue to struggle with more serious conditions, the Washington Post reports. 
 
“Is there something in these [paralyzed] kids that is different than the kids that are fine?” said Priya Duggal, a genetic epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University. “Maybe it’s the host, and the virus is a trigger that sets off the paralysis. . . . Maybe it’s something in their genetic makeup.”
 
Duggal and fellow researchers Aaron Milstone and David Thomas, are gathering DNA from patients around country in an effort to understand the condition, known as “acute flaccid melitis,” linked to last year’s nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68.

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