James J. Sejvar, M.D., is a neuroepidemiologist for the division of viral and Rickettsial disease, division of vector-borne infectious diseases, and the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.
My mother has had a progressive neurologic disorder with no diagnosis for 20 years. In 1946, when she was 11, she contracted the H1 Influenza B virus and was paralyzed for several days. At a recent hospital stay, a doctor said that it was a “real possibility” that her 1946 flu caused her neurologic disorder. Could it be true?
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