Polio in Eritrea

21 June 2022

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On 8 June 2022, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported one new case of polio in Eritrea, with the Eritrean Government declaring a national public health emergency. 

Advice for travellers 

  • Poliomyelitis is spread mainly through person-to-person contact via the faecal-oral route, and travellers should be offered a booster dose of poliomyelitis vaccine if it has been more than ten years since their last dose. 

More information can be found on the TRAVAX Eritrea and poliomyelitis webpages (for health professionals) and on the fitfortravel Eritrea and poliomyelitis webpages (for the general public). 

Sources: TRAVAX, 10 June 2022 and fitfortravel, 10 June 2022