03/13/2015

Puzzling Polio-like Paralysis Baffles Doctors

10:01 minutes

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 was sickening children across the nation this past fall. More than a hundred of the afflicted youngsters experienced a polio-like paralysis. While doctors found an association, they haven’t been able to pin the paralysis on the virus. Pediatric neurologist Teri Schreiner describes the neurological symptoms and how doctors are piecing together the puzzling illness.

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Teri Schreiner

Teri Schreiner is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.

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About Alexa Lim

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