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Infectious virus causing polio-like paralysis


Ohio, USA
Ohio, USA
This comes from theage.com in Austrailia, just posted on Facebook:

Five Children Hit By a Polio-like Paralysis

An outbreak of an infectious virus that can cause polio-like paralysis is concerning health officials.
The same virus, a strain of enterovirus 71 (EV71), has led to hundreds of deaths in China.

Five children, including one in Victoria, have suffered from a polio-like paralysis this year because of a severe complication from the strain, known as C4a. Dr Bruce Thorley, of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, said the strain had been circulating in Asia for some time but was only now being detected in Australia.

Strains of EV71 that usually circulate here cause milder symptoms such as rashes, fever and blisters on the hands, feet and mouth (commonly known as hand-foot-and-mouth disease, or HFMD). But the C4a strain could, in rare cases, cause severe neurological complications such as inflammation of the brain -meningitis and encephalitis - and paralysis, Dr Thorley said.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/five-children-hit-by-poliolike-paralysis-20130601-2nipr.html#ixzz2V53kAKUe