VD polio cases in 5 states, global digest; Cholera outbreaks growing

Over the past fortnight, the GPEI has reported cVDPV2 infections in Nigeria (10 in total from Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Yobe and Kano), Ethiopia (eight in Oromyia and two in Amhar), Senegal (three cases from Diourbel and Thies), and a single case each from Tajikistan (Khatlon), Liberia (Nimba) and South Sudan (Upper Nile district). In Madagascar, a further two cVDPV1 cases were identified, taking the YTD total to six.

CHOLERA outbreaks have flared up over the past three weeks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as the states of Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Niger, Zamfara and Plateau. Health authorities have announced that the death toll has risen to 529, up from 325 in late June amid reports that the cholera vaccine is in short supply. 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.