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Polio in Angola and Tajikistan

Posted Aug 11 2010 12:00am
Travel Health Notice
The Ministry of Health in Angola has reported 15 cases of polio since the beginning of 2010. Cases have been reported from previously polio-free provinces of Bie, Bengo, Huambo, Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul, and one case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which borders Angola.

Since January 2010, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan has reported 430 cases of polio, 19 of which were fatal. This is the first outbreak since the region was certified polio-free in 2002.

More information is available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website .

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reminds travellers to make sure their polio vaccination is up-to-date when going to Angola and Tajikistan as well as to any country where there is a risk of infection .

Make sure you check with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada 's advice on travel to Angola and Tajikistan.

-Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel.

-Get Vaccinated

-All travellers should get vaccinated if they are going to:

-Countries where polio is continues to occurs (endemic)

-Countries with recently imported cases of polio

-Countries that are close to those where polio is endemic, or those where recent cases have been reported

For infants and children under 18 years of age:

Polio is part of the routine vaccine schedule in Canada. See provincial/territorial immunization schedules for further information.

If the routine vaccine schedule is not complete before travel, talk to a health care provider about getting the remaining doses before leaving.

For adults 18 years of age and older:

If you have completed your polio vaccine series and have not received a booster dose against polio since your 18th birthday:

-Get a one-time booster dose before leaving

-If you have not completed your polio vaccine series:

-Get the remaining doses before leaving

-If you have not received any vaccines against polio:

-Get fully vaccinated against polio

-Practice safe food and water precautions

Information taken from The Public Health Agency of Canada

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