More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 13:33:36-05

NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness, and U.S. health officials still aren’t sure what’s causing it.

Officials say this year’s count could surpass the numbers seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the latest numbers Tuesday.

CDC officials say they don’t know what’s causing some children to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.

No one has died from it this year, but officials say at least half of the patients do not recover from the paralysis and some have serious complications.