Polio in Algeria (Tamanghasset)
21 Jul 2022
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has reported a case of polio in Tamanghasset, Algeria in the week ending 15 July 2022. Tamanghasset is in the far south of Algeria, about 400km from the borders with Mali and Niger.
The case is linked to polio circulating in Zamfara, Nigeria.
Advice for Travellers
Polio is a serious infection caused by the poliovirus. The virus lives in an infected person’s throat and intestines. It enters the body through the mouth and spreads through:
- contact with the poo from an infected person
- droplets from a cough or sneeze from an infected person, this is less common
You can become infected if you:
- have poo on your hands and you touch your mouth
- put objects in your mouth that are contaminated with the infected poo
- consume food and water that has been contaminated with the poo from an infected person
You should consider having a booster dose of polio vaccine if it has been more than 10 years since your last booster and you are travelling to a country where polio remains a problem.