Health Ministry: Guillain–Barré syndrome, not polio caused death of 12-year-old boy in Volyn region

The final cause of death of the 12-year-old boy will be known in 10 days. The interim clinical and laboratory findings show that the child died as a result of fulminant Guillain–Barré syndrome.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

"In response to the media reports on the death of a child in the Volyn region allegedly caused by polio, we inform the community that according to the laboratory, clinical, and special examinations, the child's death was caused by fulminant Guillain-Barré syndrome - the acute autoimmune disease. The diagnosis will be histologically proven in approximately 10 days due to the specific laboratory tests," the Health Ministry said.

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The agency also notes that Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare disease, the first symptom of which is paralysis in the extremities. Polio has similar symptoms, but vaccination allows to completely overcome the disease.

"The cases of flaccid paralysis are not related to the polio nowadays. We emphasize that the diagnosis will be confirmed no earlier than in 10 days. We express our sincere condolences to the relatives of the child," the statement reads.

As reported, a 12-year-old boy allegedly died of polio in the Volyn region Nov. 16.
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