Other than very scary, what IS this?
A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery.
“What’s we’re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all four limbs, with respiratory insufficiency, as well. It’s like the old polio,” said Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
First noticed in 2012, it’s still very rare. Parents should be aware of sudden weakness in limbs and report it. So far the cases have only been reported in California. It resembles polio but it is not. The median age of onset is 12. The data shows that the syndrome is consistent with some kind of virus. Doctors who have seen it hope to spread the word and identify other cases so more can be known about the condition.