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Poliomyelitis in Pakistan (Update)

05 Dec 2016

One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week with onset of paralysis on 21 October, from Badin district in south-eastern Sindh. This brings the total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 to 18.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers are encouraged to take strict precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.

In addition, in order to comply with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) recommendations and also to avoid travellers being vaccinated in the polio-infected country, authorities in the UK have made specific vaccination recommendations.

Please refer to individual country records for further information.

In England, Public Health England and NaTHNaC have issued advice which is different to that in Scotland (please look at Travel Health Pro Clinical Updates Link for full details).