Two local polio cases, 11 in Africa

Two wild poliovirus1 cases reported this week by the GPEI are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces. In Africa, Ethiopia reported 4 cVDPV2 cases (one in Oromiya province, three in the SNNP region); three cases each in Niger (Dosso, Niamey and Tillaberi provinces) and Ghana (one in Ashanti province, two in Western province ); and one in Togo’s Lomt province. The DRC updated its figures to retrospectively register a case from late last year.

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.