10th child showing paralysis, muscle weakening

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials have confirmed a 10th case of paralysis-like symptoms in a child.

Dr. Larry Wolk, director of the Department of Public Health and Environment, said Monday all 10 cases are being handled by Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Six of the 10 children have been discharged from the hospital.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1uWLs1K ) most of them were ill before being stricken with a respiratory illness.

Eight of the nine children originally diagnosed with myelitis — an infection or inflammation of the spinal cord — were tested for viral outbreaks. Four tested positive for enterovirus 68, and the other four tested positive for rhinovirus or another enterovirus. No information was given for the 10th child.

The cases come amid an unusual wave of enterovirus 68, which can cause paralysis.


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