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Poliomyelitis in Pakistan (Update)

11 Dec 2015

Six new cases of poliomyelitis were confirmed in the past week in Pakistan. Four in Sindh province, one in Balochistan province, and one in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). The total number of cases for 2015 is now 49, this compares with 275 at the same time in 2014.

In the past, a higher number of cases were reported in September and October as this is mid high transmission season. In 2015, paralysis was reported for 8 cases during September-October, compared to 79 during the same period in 2014.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of polio vaccine according to the UK childhood schedule. It is recommended that travellers have a poliomyelitis booster (or course) if not already protected. Travellers should also take precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.