Respiratory virus investigated in paralysis cases of 9 Colorado children

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DENVER — Health officials in Denver are looking into nine cases of serious complications children have experienced who also tested positive for enterovirus.

The Associated Press reports the complications involve muscle weakness or paralysis.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out if the germ that is causing severe respiratory illness in Colorado and across the country is responsible.

The CDC sent an alert to doctors Friday about the polio-like cases. Enterovirus 68 was detected in four of the eight Colorado children tested.

The AP reports says health officials don’t know whether the virus caused any of the children’s arm and leg weaknesses or if it just happens to be some germ they coincidentally picked up.

All of the cases have happened within the last two months, during the same time of the wave of severe respiratory illness.

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