New Polio-Like Illness Affecting California Children

Doctors report that some have symptoms of paralysis and polio.
3:00 | 02/25/14

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Now to those mysterious new cases in California. Children exhibiting rare polio-like symptoms. Investigators racing to figure out what it is. ABC's Cecilia Vega has the story. Reporter: This morning a medical mystery is making headlines in California. Neurologists are investigating as many as 25 cases of children who show symptoms of a polio-like syndrome. 4-year-old Sophia Jarvis is one of the five confirmed cases of children living with this illness in California. Two years ago her parents took her to the hospital when she started wheezing. Doctors thought it was asthma but something wasn't right. She went to grab a toy and her hand stopped midway. Reporter: Within days Sophia was paralyzed. Let's hope this doesn't happen and continue to happen but if it were that we can figure out what it do. So far no cases have we seen great recoveries in any of the kids. Reporter: The average age of the affected children is 12 years old. Their symptoms set on fast within days. Some of the kids first showing signs of a common cold. All of them are unable to move some or all of their limbs and each of them had the polio vaccine. Doctors do not know the cause but they say this may mean a polio-like virus found in Asia and Australia could now be in the U.S. The CDC is monitoring the situation. While neurologists say paralysis is extremely rare they want doctors and parents to be on the lookout. If you think you have a patient with sudden onset of

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