No-one wants to get ill when they’re travelling. Having the right information about what to watch out for is essential when you need to make decisions that will help you manage risk and stay well.

2018 Outbreak of Polio in Papua New Guinea

On 22 June 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV). More information about the situation in Papua New Guinea, including case numbers and response actions, can be found on the World Health Organization and Global Polio Eradication Initiative websites.

WHO has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) regarding the international spread of poliovirus. WHO has issued Temporary Recommendations under the International Health Regulations 2005 for affected countries to reduce the risk of the international spread of poliovirus.

Advice for travellers

Information on health and travel is available on the New Zealand Safe Travel website.

Advice for Health Professionals

The Immunisation Handbook 2017 provides clinically relevant information about the polio immunisation schedule in New Zealand.

The Communicable Disease Control Manual describes the standard practice that public health services should follow in regard to the prevention and control of poliomyelitis in New Zealand.

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