Polio in Guinea-Bisseau

09 November 2021

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On 26 October 2021, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported three cases of polio in Guinea-Bissau, two in the capital city of Bissau, and one in the neighbouring region of Biombo. These are the first reported cases in the country and have been linked to the ongoing polio outbreak in Nigeria.

Advice for travellers 

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

Further information on polio can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 2 November 2021