Polio in the Philippines (Lanao Del Sur, Mindanao)
23 Sep 2019
During the week ending 20 September 2019, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported a case of polio in Lanao Del Sur district, Mindanao. The infection was identified in a patient who became paralysed on 26 June 2019.
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.