Polio like syndrome affecting California children

February 25, 2014

fluFive children in California have developed paralysis in one or more of their limbs after suffering from a “polio-like syndrome.” [CNN]

Between August 2012 and July 2013, five children who had been vaccinated against the poliovirus developed paralysis after suffering from a respiratory illness. Samples from two of the children tested positive for enterovirus 68, a rare virus that has been linked to severe respiratory illness in the past. The other three children were not tested for the virus.

The poliovirus has been eradicated in the United States for more than 30 years. However, polio is part of the Picornaviridae family which also includes enteroviruses.

Most people who become infected with an enterovirus do not get sick or experience only mild symptom. Nevertheless, some types of enterovirus are more serious.

The California Department of Public Health has not identified any common causes that suggest that the cases are linked, said Dr. Gil Chavez, the deputy director of the Center for Infectious Disease and state epidemiologist, to CNN.


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Germ warfare. Another reason to protect our borders.

Bravo…I didn’t think it could be done.

You’ve connected polio-stricken children to homeland security.


Homeland Security and infectious diseases are related. When you can’t stop someone with an infectious disease at the border, then you have an outbreak of the disease here.

TB and HIV are the main problems at the Mexican border. That’s why the US has spent billions of dollars to support Mexican hospitals within 60 miles of the border through its Rural Development Program.

Homeland Security also covers biological and chemical warfare.

Measles Outbreak in California– The CDC says measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. However, in these cases, measles is an imported disease.