Wild poliovirus cases in two provinces

The weekly country update published by the GPEI notes two more wild poliovirus cases – one from Khyber District (Tribal District (KPTD)) and the other in Layari, a constituent town of Karachi (Sindh province). Positive environmental samples were also obtained from four separate provinces including Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan. Read all polio updates, including news of two more (cVDPV2) cases in Nigeria (Borno & Kwara states) here.

Advice for travellers

Polio 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.