The parents of Sofia Jarvis say their daughter suffered paralysis in one arm following a brief respiratory illness. Health experts say a virus related to polio could be responsible.
Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist from Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, is working with doctors in Southern California to figure out what is causing the symptoms in California children and will present several of the cases at the American Academy of Neurology's upcoming meeting.
"The disease resembles, but is not the same as polio,'' he said. "But this is serious. Most of the children we've seen so far have not recovered use of their arm or their leg.''
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