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Poliomyelitis in Afghanistan (Update)

02 Sep 2016

Two new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been reported in the past week, from Paktika (bordering with Pakistan) and Kabul provinces. The cases had onset of paralysis on 2 and 8 October respectively and bring the total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 to eight.

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.