Level 2 travel alert for Pakistan and other polio-endemic Asian countries has been issued by the United States. Due to the outbreak of the disease, the life-time booster dose for adults is mandatory during the restrictions period imposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
New guidelines have been issued by the U.S for travelers bound for polio-endemic countries. This is done on the recommendations of its federal agency Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to stop the spread of the virus to other countries.
The Level two travel alert by the U.S. read, “The World Health Organization recommends that these countries require residents and long-term (four weeks or more) visitors show proof of polio vaccination before leaving the country.”
It is said that before adults travel to these countries they need to complete their routine polio vaccine series as children receive a single, lifetime adult booster dose of polio vaccine.
In eight Asian countries polio outbreaks have been reported that are Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia , Papua New Guinea and Philippines.
Due to the frequent outbreaks of vaccine-derived poli-ovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and wild polio-virus type 1 (WP1) cases WHO has extended travel restrictions on Pakistan.
The alert by World Health Organization read, “Even if you were vaccinated as a child or have been sick with polio before, you may need a booster dose to make sure you are protected.”
A spokesperson for the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (MoNHSRC), said “As of today, 134 of our children have been paralysed by this debilitating disease.”