A small number of children in California have been afflicted with polio-like illnesses that led to paralysis in one or more limbs.
The Los Angeles Times reports ( http://lat.ms/1hnnsyd) that state health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.
The afflicted children rapidly suffered weakness or paralysis, sometimes after a mild respiratory illness.
Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, says a virus may play a role.
She wouldn't provide the number of illnesses, but urged doctors to report new cases of acute paralysis so that investigators can try to figure out a possible cause.