Polio count rises again

One wild poliovirus1 (WPV1) case was reported by the GPEI in both Balochistan and Sindh provinces and there were seven cVDPV2 cases (Punjab and Sindh), however plans are in place, and optimism expressed by the Polio Eradication Initiative’s national coordinator, that the disease will be eradicated from Pakistan next year. Read more. Also on WPV1, Afghanistan has recorded a single case in the provinces of Khost and Paktika, plus nine cVDPV2 cases from seven provinces. While Africa’s cVDPV2 cases continue: DRC (seven in Equateur and one in both Kwilu and Mai Ndombe) and a single case each in Somalia (Banadir district), Sudan (Kassala province) and the Central African Republic (Region Sanitaire 3).

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.