Polio found in Ukraine

Two children have been diagnosed with polio in the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in south-western Ukraine. However, the strain infecting these children is derived from the vaccine itself. Strains of poliovirus can emerge in some populations which are inadequately immunized. A robust vaccination campaign can rapidly stop such events. Given substantial vaccination coverage gaps across the country and lack of intensive surveillance, the risk of further spread of this strain within the country is deemed to be high by the World Health Organization.

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Travellers in any country that reports cases of polio can reduce their risk of exposure to polio virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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