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Poliomyelitis in South Sudan

10 Nov 2014

An outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been reported in South Sudan. Two cases have been identified in the Rubkona district of Unity province in the Greater Upper Nile region of the country. The most recent onset of paralysis was on 12 September 2014.

In response to the detection of these two cases, immunisation campaigns are to take place in November and December 2014.

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.