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Poliomyelitis in Cameroon

24 Oct 2013

A case of poliomyelitis was reported this week in Ouest province, central-western Cameroon. This is the first case to be reported in Cameroon since 2009 and had onset of paralysis on 1 October 2013.

An outbreak response is now being planned. In 2013, five large-scale supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) have already been conducted in Cameroon (in April, May, August, September and October), as the country was considered at high-risk of re-infection due to its proximity with Nigeria. The latest National Immunisation Days were conducted 11-13 October 2013.

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.