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Poliomyelitis in Somalia (Update)

21 Jun 2013

In the past week, 10 new poliomyelitis cases have been reported in Somalia, bringing the total number of cases in 2013, to 19. The most recent case is from Banadir and had onset of paralysis on 25 May 2013.

Of concern is that one of the newly reported cases is from a district in Lower Shabelle region in south-central Somalia where access for immunization activities has been compromised for the past three years.

As many as 500,000 children in this area are at particular risk of polio at present. Efforts are ongoing to operate in this area, and vaccinations are continuing at entry and exit points to build up immunity levels.

Advice for Travellers

It is recommended that travellers have a poliomyelitis booster (or course) if not already protected and take precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.