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Polio in Egypt

05 February 2024

On 22 December 2023 at the thirty-seventh meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on theinternational spread of poliovirus, the World Health Organization reported reported new emergence of poliovirus in Egypt.

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.
  • Travellers who intend to visit this country for more than 4 weeks can receive a booster dose of polio containing vaccine if it is more than 12 months since they had it last and may wish to carry proof of vaccination.

For further information see the TRAVAX Egypt country page and Poliomyelitis page.