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Polio in Guinea-Bissau

02 November 2021

On 26 October 2021, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported 3 cases of polio inĀ Guinea-Bissau; 2 in the capital city of Bissau and 1 in the neighbouring region of Biombo.

These are the first 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 10 years since their last dose.

For further information see the TRAVAX Guinea-Bissau country page and Poliomyelitis page.