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Polio in Ukraine (Rivne)

11 October 2021

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has reported a case of polio in a young child in the Rivne area of western Ukraine. The child was unvaccinated against polio.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) are working closely with the health authorities in Ukraine to determine if there has been any local transmission and to assess the risk of local circulation. 

  • If the WHO propose changes to the polio vaccine recommendations for Ukraine, these will be updated on TRAVAX accordingly.

Polio is extremely rare in Europe, although a small number of cases have occurred in Ukraine since 2010.

Advice for Travellers

Poliomyelitis is spread mainly through person to person contact via the faecal-oral route. 

For further information see the TRAVAX Ukraine country page and Poliomyelitis disease page.