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Poliomyelitis in Pakistan (Update)

14 Oct 2016

A new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been reported in Pakistan in the past week. The case is from Sujawal, Sindh (south-east of Karachi), with onset of paralysis on 3 September. This is the most recent WPV1 case in the country bringing the current total of cases in 2016 to 15.

Efforts to strengthen immunisation and surveillance activities in all provinces of Pakistan continue.

(Via Global Polio Eradication InitiativeLink - accessed 14/10/16)

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 and ECDC 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 for full details).