California Investigates Mysterious Polio-Like Illness

Lucian Olivera, 2, is one of 20 people diagnosed with "California polio-like syndrome."
3:00 | 03/21/14

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-- the case in California of a truly baffling and serious childhood illness Lucien Oliveira is two years so. Back in 2012 -- nearly eleven months old. He came down with an ear infection and a low grade fever -- his parents noticed something odd. About the way he was walking -- dropped one side. -- that saint Louis Vuitton look leaning to the left it took months of testing and doctors' visits. -- -- parents got the difficult news solution was diagnosed with California polio like Sandra. One of 28 known cases statewide. My first reaction was happy and then I got a little sad. Because I knew that you know as a parent US hold on this little bit of hope that we can fix this. Scientists -- sure the cause. But suspect it's a virus similar to that -- it causes polio accept this disease. Not contagious just because somebody developed a paralytic side effect. From a viral infection doesn't mean that the next person's going to that so there's no evidence that that's the case we -- in no way -- an epidemic. And there does not appear to be concerned that this is rapidly spreading through the community for -- however the damage is permanent. Rehabilitation therapists help strengthen his right -- so one day he will be able to walk with a --

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