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Polio in Benin (Kalale District, Borgou State)

16 Aug 2019

On 14 August 2019 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported  a case of polio in Benin in Kalale district, Borgou State, with onset of paralysis on 7 July 2019. The possibility of other cases remains high.

Advice for Travellers

The World Health Organisation recommendsthat "all travellers to polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of OPV or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel."

Travellers to polio-affected areas should consider a booster of poliomyelitis vaccine if it has been more than 10 years since most recent vaccination.

For further information see Poliomyelitis.