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Medical News & Perspectives
October 22/29, 2014

CDC to Clinicians: Be Alert for Children With Poliolike Illness

JAMA. 2014;312(16):1623. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14248

Clinicians should be on alert for pediatric patients who present with an acute neurologic illness that features focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a health advisory issued September 26 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The advisory (http://1.usa.gov/1BwY167) was prompted by the CDC’s investigation with Colorado health authorities of a cluster of cases of this illness involving 9 pediatric patients aged 1 to 18 years. The patients were identified with this neurologic syndrome August 9 to September 27; most of them had a respiratory illness with fever in the 2 weeks before they developed neurologic symptoms.