Censor.NET reports citing the statement of Chief Pediatrician of the Volyn region Liudmyla Rozhko.
Asked about the cause of the child's death, she said: "It was definitely not polio. The child was immunized."
However, the health department official refused to name the cause of the boy's death.
"We are drafting a public statement and it will be issued via the press service of Ministry of Health," she said.
In the meantime, Chief Immunologist at the Medical Council of Ukraine Oleh Nazar argues that even a vaccinated child could catch this virus.
"Let's put it this way, there will always be one case of sickness out of a certain number of immunized people in theory. But this has more to do with the immune response peculiarities. If a child has low immunity activity, one-time vaccination will be insufficient. But no one makes immunograms anyway. The virus mutation may also be an option - we introduce one strain while it has actually mutated in the wild," he said.
However, Oleh Nazar believes that the attending physician could have just confused another type of flaccid paralysis with polio. But virological tests must still be made to make correct diagnosis even if polio is the main suspect. Besides, a doctor can save the patient's life by timely and proper treatment.
As reported, 12-year-old Oleksandr Moroz from Holovno village in the Volyn region died of polio on Wednesday, Nov. 16. However, the diagnosis has not been confirmed officially.