22/05/2014

WHO Polio Alert - May 2014

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert regarding the risk of polio spread internationally.

Ten countries posing a risk of wild poliovirus exportation are identified:

The three countries of greatest risk are:

  • Pakistan
  • Cameroon 
  • Syria.

These are the countries currently exporting wild poliovirus. A further 7 countries are identified as being an ongoing risk but are not actively exporting the virus. These are:

  • Nigeria (particularly)
  • Afghanistan
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Somalia

IPV (inactivated Polio Vaccine) booster is recommended for travellers to any of these named countries above and an International Certificate of Vaccination must be provided.

Travellers to Pakistan, Cameroon or Syria, if staying > 4 weeks must show documentation of IPV or OPV vaccination within the past 12 months when leaving these countries.

If your travel plans include any of these countries you should make an appointment with our Travel Vaccine clinic as soon as possible.

Further information is available from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre by clicking here


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