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Poliomyelitis in Pakistan (Update)

01 Nov 2013

Seven new poliomyelitis cases were reported in the past week. Four were reported from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab and Sindh respectively.

The total number of cases for Pakistan in 2013, is now 53. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 5 October (from Khyber Agency, FATA). The majority of cases in Pakistan this year, 38 (72%), are from FATA, of which 16 are from Khyber Agency and 15 from North Waziristan.

National Immunisation Days were conducted on 30 September to 2 October with more planned for early November.

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.