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Common Respiratory Virus May Be Linked to Pediatric Paralysis

The NY Times reports a study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases which found that a new strain of enterovirus 68 may be the culprit responsible for the partial paralysis of 115 children across 34 states since August. Researchers analyzed 25 genetic sequences of enterovirus 68 from children with limb paralysis and found that they all shared certain mutations similar to those found in the polio virus genome. The conclusion was that they are dealing with a newer strain of enterovirus 68, which they are referring to as B1. Doctors note that there must be something else at play here as well since children with the same virus, and even siblings with the virus have different outcomes.

Read the article published by The NY Times.

Read the study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases.