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January 21, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Doctors seek link between paralysis in 2 Oregon girls, virus

PORTLAND — Two Oregon girls are suffering from sudden paralysis, and doctors are trying to figure out whether it was caused by enterovirus 68.

Dr. Richard Leman of the state Health Authority says more than 100 American children have suffered recently from such muscle weakness.

About a third had enterovirus 68. Infectious disease specialists want to know whether the virus and paralysis are linked.

The family of 6-year-old McKenzie Andersen of Albany tells KATU-TV she appeared to catch a cold last month but now can move only some of her fingers and toes.

Eight-year-old Bailey Sheehan of Welches is reported walking but can’t feel part of her right leg.

Last fall, four Oregon children were among those nationally suffering severe respiratory illnesses blamed on the virus. All four are reported recovered

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