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International Measures to Stop Spread of Wild Poliovirus (Update)

22 Nov 2016

The 11th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2015) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in was convened by the WHO Director General on 11 November 2016.

As with the 10th meeting, the Emergency Committee reviewed the data on circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses as well as circulating wild poliovirus.

The Committee agreed that the situation still constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and recommended the extension of the Temporary Recommendations

Advice for Travellers

Travellers are encouraged to take strict precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.

In addition, in order to comply with the WHO and ECDC recommendations and also to avoid travellers being vaccinated in the polio-infected country, authorities in the UK have made vaccination recommendations.

Please refer to individual country records for further information.

In England, Public Health England and NaTHNaC have issued advice which is different to that in Scotland (please look at NaTHNaC Clinical updates for full details).