Polio outbreak in Afghanistan

There are reports of 75 new cases of polio in southern Helmand province. The outbreak is blamed on on-going armed conflict that has disrupted routine immunization programs.

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Advice For Travellers

Although sporadic cases of polio have been reported in this country in the past, this new outbreak represents a set bck for polio eradication efforts. Travellers in any country that reports cases of polio can minimize 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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