Polio cases in 10 regions, more WPV in both Pakistan and Afghanistan

Almost two-thirds all Chad’s cVDPV2 cases this year were reported to the GPEI just last week. The 23 cases were from across 10 different regions, 11 in Tandjile, in the SW; Togo reported one case each from Lome and Maritime provinces. In Asia, Afghanistan reported 3 more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases (Farah, Hilmand and Kandahar provinces) while there were two WPV cases in Pakistan (Balochistan and Sindh provinces). To June 23, the total of global cases this year (2019 figures in brackets): Wild poliovirus 73 (37); cVDPV 168 (21). 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.