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POLIO-LIKE ILLNESS - 02/25/14 09:51 S.S.

LOCAL  DOCTORS  ARE  BEING  ASKED  TO  KEEP  AN  EYE  OUT  FOR  PEOPLE  WITH  POLIO-LIKE  SYMPTOMS.    THAT’S  BECAUSE  SUCH  SYMPTOMS  HAVE  LED  TO  A  TYPE  OF  PARALYSIS   IN  MORE  THAN  20  CHILDREN  IN  CALIFORNIA (1  OF  THOSE  IN  SAN  BENITO  COUNTY).     THE  ACUTE  FLACCID  PARALYSIS  CAUSED  SUDDEN  PARALYSIS  IN  1  OR  MORE  OF  THE  CHILDREN’S  LIMBS.   SAMPLES  FROM  2  OF  THE  EFFECTED  CHILDREN  TESTED  POSITIVE  FOR  ENTEROVIRUS  68,  WHICH  IS  EXTREMELY  RARE  AND  CAN  CAUSE  RESPIRATORY  ILLNESS.   ENTEROVIRUSES,  RHINOVIRUSES,  AND  POLIOVIRUS  ARE  ALL  PART OF  THE  PICORNAVIRIDAE  FAMILY.

COMMON  SYMPTOMS  OF  ENTEROVIRUSES  INCLUDE:  RUNNY  NOSE,  COUGH,  SKIN  RASHES,  FEVER,  AND  BODY  ACHES.    

HEALTH  CARE  PROVIDERS  ARE  BEING  ASKED  TO  SEND  SAMPLES  FROM  SIMILAR  CASES  TO  THE  CALIFORNIA  DEPARTMENT OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH.  

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