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International Measures to Stop Spread of Wild Poliovirus (Update)

15 May 2017

The 13th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2015) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in was convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General onĀ 24 AprilĀ 2017.

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

Advice for Travellers

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

In addition, in order to comply with the WHO and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (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 has issued advice which is different to that in Scotland (please look at Travel Health Pro Clinical updates for full details).