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How does flaccid paralysis relate to West Nile virus?

Flaccid paralysis has been associated with the West Nile virus. West Nile virus, in unusual cases, causes a polio-like condition in which the spinal cord becomes inflamed. The paralysis, as with polio, does not cause sensory loss to the affected area. Polio is probably the best-known infectious cause of flaccid paralysis, but the autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome is now the main cause of acute flaccid paralysis. More recently, outbreaks of the Zika virus have been linked to flaccid paralysis. West Nile virus was first identified in the United States in 1999.

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