Polio update for Asia, Africa

More WPV1 cases were reported to the GPEI this week from Pakistan (three cases from the provinces of Balochistan and Punjab) and Afghanistan (four cases – equal numbers from Kandahar and Zabul provinces), while in Africa, the DRC’s total of cVDPV2 cases rose sharply this week with a further 15 cases reported (13 in Equateur and one each in Kinshasa and Mai Ndombe provinces). Chad also recorded three more cVDPV2 infections (Logone Oriental and Tandjile provinces) and lastly, Sudan registered another eight cases from across five provinces (Blue Nile, Kassala, River Nile, East Darfur and Khartoum).  

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.