Polio outbreak in Malaysia

Polio outbreak in Malaysia

 

On 8 December 2019, the Ministry of Health of Malaysia announced the country’s first case of polio since 1992. Testing has confirmed that the virus is genetically linked to poliovirus circulating in the Philippines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with UNICEF and the other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to support the Ministry of Health in responding to this outbreak. WHO’s support is focused on the provision of technical advice in the areas of surveillance and case detection, risk communication and the immunization response.

As children are most at risk of polio, WHO urges all parents and caregivers to ensure that all children under the age of 5 years are vaccinated. Multiple doses are required for full protection.