Polio-like syndrome

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Polio-like syndrome is a general description of a group of symptoms which mimic polio, including rarely permanent paralysis. Various triggers have been found, including some viruses from the same virus group as polio: enterovirus 68, enterovirus 71, and coxsackievirus A7.[1][2] These are suspected in many cases of acute flaccid myelitis. Other non-virus causes of polio-like symptoms are observed, though rarely, from snake bite, spider bite, scorpion sting, tick bite, or chemicals such as arsenic and organophosphorus insecticides.[3]


  1. ^ 'About 20' cases of polio-like illness found in California, Jacque Wilson and Ashley Hayes, CNN February 25, 2014
  2. ^ Vaccines, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012, p. 605
  3. ^ Gear JH (1984). "Nonpolio causes of polio-like paralytic syndromes". Rev Infect Dis. 6 Suppl 2: S379-84. doi:10.1093/clinids/6.supplement_2.s379. PMID 6740077.