Two new cases of polio confirmed in Pakistan, and ongoing outbreaks of polio in Chad.

Health authorities in Pakistan have confirmed 2 new cases of polio in Peshawar and Bannu. So far 3 cases of polio have been reported in Peshawar during 2011. A 3-day campaign is to be undertaken in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from June 13 2011 to combat polio. Pakistan has the highest number of new cases of polio in the world.

Chad is currently experiencing continuing outbreaks of polio. There have been 65 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in 2011 and 3 cases of wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3). The WPV3 outbreak has been ongoing since 2007, and the WPV1 outbreak began in September 2010 and has been intensifying. The government of Chad has finalized a 6 month national polio emergency plan to combat polio in the country.

Travellers to both Chad and Pakistan country should be aware of the risk of polio and must ensure that all their childhood vaccinations are up-to-date before travelling.

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