Polio in the Horn of Africa

A new case of polio has been reported by health authorities in the district of Rongo, Nyanza Province in western Kenya. The populations of Uganda and Tanzania mix in this area by using a road commonly used by traders between Rongo and Mara in Tanzania.

The"polio belt” across Africa is part of a broader 'African poliovirus importation belt' which spreads right across sub‐Saharan Africa from Mauritania to Somalia. These countries have recurrently been re‐infected with poliovirus of northern Nigerian origin.

Travellers to these countries should be aware that polio virus has not been fully eliminated in spite of large scale vaccination efforts. Travellers should ensure that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Polio.

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