Mysterious New Condition That Causes Paralysis In Children Has Experts Stumped, and Incidents Are On The Rise
The headlines began in 2014: Formerly healthy children contracted what seemed to be a minor upper respiratory infection and were suddenly paralyzed — sometimes one limb, sometimes multiple limbs, sometimes permanently.
Parents and experts wondered if it could be a brand-new virus, West Nile disease, or even a mutated version of polio, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. since the late 1970s.
Originally published on TMPinSYR.
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