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October 28, 2020

MAE releases travel warning on poliomyelitis viruses spread in several countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs Romanian citizens that the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the issue of the international spread of poliomyelitis viruses represents a risk and a public health emergency of international importance.

According to a Thursday press release sent to Agerpres, the WHO has disseminated a recommendation to vaccinate (at least for the 12 months) with an inactive dose of polio vaccine all individuals who are taking short or long-term trips to Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine.

MAE recommends Romanian citizens to get informed about warnings released by authorized medical institutions of these countries.

“Vaccinations are to be made four weeks ahead of the trip or in emergency cases even right before departure. Vaccinations will be recorded on a WHO standardized form, the International Certificate for Prophylaxis (the yellow booklet), mentioned in the Annex No. 6 of the 2005 International Health Regulations, which can be accessed at http://www.who.int/ihr/ports_airports/icvp/en, and this booklet will accompany the travel documents,” the MAE press release states.

For more information, the ministry reminds that Romanian citizens traveling abroad can use the Travel Safe application, which can be downloaded free from App Store and Google Play, offering information, travel recommendations and alerts on special situations, plus the SMS alert service of the campaign “An SMS can save your life!”

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