Via the Orange County Register: Boxer calls on CDC to investigate paralysis incidents. Excerpt:
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.
Boxer wrote “we need answers” in a letter sent Thursday to CDC Director Thomas Frieden.
In particular, Boxer wants the agency to look into whether a virus is the culprit or if environmental factors are involved. She also wants to know if the agency has any way of knowing if there are other unusual reports of paralysis nationally.
The CDC did not have an immediate response to Boxer on Thursday, but a spokesman told the Register that the CDC was communicating with the California Department of Health, and that the number of cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis was not uncommon.
“Considering the minimum expected rate of AFP cases in the population annually, the number of cases reported to be under investigation by California Department of Public Health are well within the expected rate,” said CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes.
Statistically speaking, at least 78 cases of AFP are likely to occur in California per year, said Haynes.