Polio-like illness a mystery for CA health dept.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small number of children in California have been afflicted with polio-like illnesses that led to paralysis in one or more limbs.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1hnnsyd ) that state health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.

The afflicted children rapidly suffered weakness or paralysis, sometimes after a mild respiratory illness.

Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, says a virus may play a role.

She wouldn't provide the number of illnesses, but urged doctors to report new cases of acute paralysis so that investigators can try to figure out a possible cause.

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