[RETRACTED] Two cases of polio reported in Russia

[SITATA HAS RETRACTED THIS POST BASED ON INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE EUROPEAN OFFICE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. THE INFORMATION THAT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED WAS FIVE YEARS OUT OF DATE.]

Two children with polio have been diagnosed in Russia, one in the city of Irkutsk, and the other in a child who arrived in Moscow from Tajikistan. The second case was infected in Tajikistan prior to travelling. These are the first cases of this infection in Russia in the last 13 years, and there is essentially no risk of spread in the local population.

In Tajikistan, there have been 52 reported cases with 12 to 15 deaths.

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[SITATA HAS RETRACTED THIS POST BASED ON INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE EUROPEAN OFFICE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. THE INFORMATION THAT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED WAS FIVE YEARS OUT OF DATE.]

The polio infections brought into Russia illustrate that until all polio is eliminated in all countries, there is a risk of a traveller spreading the disease to other countries. Travellers in any country where polio has not been eliminated can minimize their risk of exposure to polio virus and becoming an infected carrier by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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