Fewer than 50 cases of a mysterious, polio-like illness have been diagnosed in the United States. At least 20 confirmed cases are in California. One of those is Lucian Olivera, now three years old. His mother, Erin, a registered nurse, describes how the family got a diagnosis for his illness and how they cope with it.
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Health officials have yet to identify the cause of this illness, but it is not polio, the disease that devastated thousands of adults and children before a vaccine was discovered in the 1950s. Although several of the patients with polio-like illness in California have tested positive for enterovirus D68, health officials say it is not an epidemic. But in these patients, what often started out as cold-like symptoms or something as simple as a low fever sometimes developed into respiratory failure and, in Lucian's case and others, polio-like paralysis.
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