Polio vaccination centre bombed in Quetta, Pakistan

Fourteen people were killed and 20 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a polio eradication centre in the city of Quetta. Most of the dead were security forces providing protection for polio vaccinators. Both the Pakistani Taliban and Jundullah, which has links to the Taliban and has pledged allegiance to ISIL, have claimed responsibility for the attack. There may be a negative impact on Pakistan's efforts to eliminate polio.

Advice For Travellers

Pakistan is one of two remaining countries where polio is still transmitted. Travellers should ensure that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up-to-date prior to travelling. Given local suspicions and previous attacks on polio vaccination teams, travellers should avoid polio vaccination centres and areas where polio vaccination campaigns are underway.

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