Poliomyelitis in Iraq
26 Mar 2014
A case of wild polio virus (WPV1) was reported this week in Baghdad, the first case to be reported from this country since 2000. The affected individual is a 6 month old, unimmunised boy. Genetic sequencing indicates that the isolated virus is closely related to that already reported from the Syrian Arab Republic.
(Via WHO Global Alert and Response - accessed 26/03/14)
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.