Polio in Congo

17 November 2020

Article: 54/4604

On 4 November 2020, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported one new case of polio in Kouilou region, Congo. This is the first recorded case in the country, and has been linked to the Huila outbreak in Angola. 

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 is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 10 November 2020