Strange “Polio Like Syndrome” Cases in CA

By | March 3rd, 2014|Prevention|

Maybe you heard news reports this week about kids in California with a “polio-like syndrome.”  Here's a synopsis:  Over the last 18 months, 5 kids have been identified by California’s Department of Public Health with a paralysis in one or more limbs. Multiple tests have been run on them.  Poliovirus wasn't found, but enterovirus-68 was isolated in 2 of the cases. There are hundreds [...]

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What’s Sarin Gas?

By | September 10th, 2013|General|

Acetylcholine is a chemical in your body called a neurotransmitter that allows nerves to communicate with other nerves, glands, and muscles.  It works in your body in tandem with acetylcholinesterase, which is the enzyme used to break down the acytylcholine.  It's like a tennis volley...  the two chemicals work hand in hand to keep your nerves operating right.  [...]

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Guillain Barré Investigation Update

By | August 5th, 2011|General|

Last month I told you about a rare cluster of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) along the US-Mexico border near Yuma, AZ.  Since then, we’ve identified 8 more cases for a total of 24 (7 in AZ, 17 in Sonora).  GBS is a rare condition that results in paralysis of the legs, but can sometimes affect the arms and [...]

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Guillain Barre

By | July 11th, 2011|General|

A couple of folks from the CDC have been in Arizona this week to help us (and Sonora) to investigate an unusual number of cases (8 in Arizona and 8 in Sonora) of Guillain Barre syndrome .  The Arizona cases are in the Yuma area.  It’s a rare condition that rarely (but occasionally) happens several days after [...]