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International Spread of wild Poliovirus

On 5 May 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  WHO have identified Pakistan and Afghanistan as States infected with wild poliovirus.  

Infections based on vaccine-derived poliovirus occur on occasion in countries still using live poliovirus vaccine. Vaccination against polio before travel will protect against these outbreaks. New Zealand does not use live poliovirus vaccine.  

Polio has been eradicated from New Zealand, and the Western Pacific region was declared polio free in 2000. The New Zealand Ministry of Health reminds travellers to and from polio infected areas to ensure that they are fully vaccinated against polio. This advice is in addition to any other travel specific vaccinations that may be required.

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