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October 19, 1957


Author Affiliations

Medical College of Georgia Augusta, Ga.

JAMA. 1957;165(7):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250108027

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To the Editor:—  Although more than 360 cases of tick paralysis have been reported in the United States since 1912, this possibility may be overlooked. Prompt recognition and early removal of the tick results in a cure of this bilateral symmetrical ascending motor paralysis. No other neurotoxic disease responds as quickly and as completely. A 2-year-old girl was admitted to the University Hospital, Augusta, Ga., at 2:10 p. m. on April 29. She had attended a picnic on the preceding day where she played in a brushy area. The child was very active and playful until 9 p. m. At that time her mother noted that she was not walking normally. The next morning the child could not get out of bed. She also complained that her mouth hurt. She was seen promptly by her physician who examined her and advised observation for two hours. In less than two hours,

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