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Polio Confirm in Indonesia

November 21, 2022 • 3:34 pm CST
U.S. CDC
(Vax Before Travel)

Indonesia's health ministry reported one case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDP2) in Pidie regency in Aceh province.

As a result, the government said it would immediately launch a vaccination program for children up to age 13 years in all areas of Aceh.

Aceh is a Special Region in Indonesia located in the north of the island of Sumatra, in Western Indonesia.

Acting Chairperson of the Empowerment and Family Welfare Team for Aceh Province, Ayu Candra Febiola Nazuar, admitted on November 20, 2022, that she was very sad that Pidie had experienced an Extraordinary Event status of the discovery of polio.

Indonesia, along with ten other South-East Asia countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste) were certified as polio-free by the WHO in 2014.

On November 1, 2022, the WHO reconfirmed that polio remained a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

As of November 21, 2022, the U.S. CDC had not issued a travel advisory regarding this polio case disclosure. The CDC says polio is a vaccine-preventable disease.

Additional polio outbreak news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/Polio.

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