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Poliomyelitis in Equatorial Guinea

25 Mar 2014

A case of wild polio virus (WPV1) was reported this week in Equatorial Guinea, this is the first case to be reported from this country since 1999 and had onset of paralysis on 28 January 2014. Genetic sequencing indicates that the isolated virus is linked to transmission in Cameroon.

(Via WHO Global Polio Eradication - accessed 24/03/14)

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.