‘Open border’ virus now leaving children paralyzed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

Dave Gibson
Examiner.com
September 30, 2014

Thousands of cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have been seen across the country since mid-August, landing scores of children in intensive care units with acute respiratory distress. Not only is there no end in sight to this current and extremely rare outbreak (at least in this country), a disturbing new symptom is presenting itself in children who have been infected with EV-D68…paralysis.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that nine children in Colorado recently presented with polio-like symptoms, with muscle weakness and paralyzed limbs. Four of the children have tested positive for EV-D68, while health officials are still awaiting the test results for the others.

On Friday, the CDC issued an official health advisory to U.S. physicians, which stated:

Common features included acute focal limb weakness and specific findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spinal cord consisting of non-enhancing lesions largely restricted to the gray matter. In most cases, these lesions spanned more than one level of the spinal cord. Some also had acute cranial nerve dysfunction with correlating non-enhancing brainstem lesions on MRI.

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