First cVDPV cases recorded, global update

The country’s first vaccine-derived polio cases, which are linked to Chad's outbreak, have been reported (three total – from the provinces of Warrap and Western Bahr El Ghazal), and in further developments on cVDPV2 in Africa, two other nations registered three cases each: Chad (Logone Oriental and Mayo Kebbi East provinces) and Guinea (Kankan and N'zerekore). In Asia, Afghanistan recorded a new wild poliovirus type 1 case (WPV1) in Kandahar province and another cVDPV2 infection (Kunar province) and Pakistan’s three new WPV1 cases were from the provinces of Balochistan and Punjab, plus two cVDPV2 cases in Sindh province. 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.