Three countries cited in polio update

In the latest GPEI update on global polio cases, one new wild poliovirus type 1 case (now 37 total in 2020) was reported in each of three provinces - Hilmand, Kandahar and Khost – while the 13 cVDPV2 infections registered across six provinces took the YTD total to 54. Africa’s cVDPV2 cases continue to rise: Chad (3 cases from Logone Oriental province) and another case in the DRC’s Equateur province.

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.