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Poliomyelitis in Nigeria

24 Aug 2012

Two new cases of polio were reported in the past week, both from Katsina, bringing the total number of cases for 2012 to 72. The next Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) have been postponed by one week, and will now be held from 23-26 September.

Given the recent increase in cases in Katsina state (14 cases this year, 8 of which since May), the possibility of conducting immunization campaigns across the border in Niger is being explored, to minimize the risk and consequences of polio spread from Katsina.

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.