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New Study Links Mysterious Cases of Children Becoming Paralyzed to Strain of Virus That's 'Starting to Look More Like Polio


"We urgently need to continue investigating this new strain."

In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, Melissa Lewis, of Denver, helps her son, Jayden Broadway, 9, as he coughs in his bed at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. He was treated for the enterovirus 68 and released, but his asthma made the illness more difficult to fight. A wave of severe respiratory illnesses has swept the country in the last two months, propelled by enterovirus 68. The virus has caused serious breathing problems in many children, and now is being eyed as possible factor in at least four deaths, and muscle weakness and paralysis in children in Colorado and perhaps other states. (AP/The Denver Post, Cyrus McCrimmon)

It was suspected that mysterious cases of limb paralysis in children was linked to a virus spreading across the country, and now science further supports it.

Reconstruction of enterovirus D68 (Image credit: Yue Liu and Michael Rossmann, Purdue University)

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