Globally, a total of 26 polio cases were registered in the past week, with three WPV1 cases in Pakistan (Balochistan and Punjab provinces) and a single case in Afghanistan (Khost province), while in Africa the mounting tally of cVDPV2 infections continues: four cases in Côte d’Ivoire (Gbokle-Nawa-San-Pedro, Loh-Djiboua, Poro-Tchologo-Bagoue and Tonkpi provinces), 11 in Guinea (Kankan, N'zerekore, Conakry, Faranah and Kindia provinces), four in Mali (regions of Bamako, Mopti and Sikasso) and three in Niger (Dosso, Niamey, and Tahoua provinces). Read more
Advice for travellers
Poliomyelitis is a potentially serious viral illness that is spread through contact with infected faeces or saliva. The risk to travellers is generally low, however vaccination is recommended for travel to affected regions and is a requirement for travel to/from some countries. If at risk, adults should have a booster to the childhood series. More on polio.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.