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Poliomyelitis in Somalia (Update)

30 Aug 2013

Twenty new poliomyelitis cases were reported in the past week in Somalia. The total number of cases for 2013 now stands at 128. The most recent case in the region had onset of paralysis on 30 July.

The outbreak is spreading geographically in Somalia, with two new states reporting cases: Galgadud and Gedo. Anticipation of this spread has driven intense vaccination activities across the country, in an effort to raise immunity.

Advice for Travellers

It is recommended that travellers have a poliomyelitis booster (or course) if not already protected and take precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.