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July 12, 2023

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens July 11, 2023 


Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

July 11, 2023


Location: Kenya, Countrywide


Event:  As of July 11, 2023, Kenya recently confirmed a poliovirus outbreak in the northeastern part of the country.  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens review their poliovirus vaccinations.  Anyone vaccinated against polio in the United States receives an inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) that protects against all types of polioviruses including the one reported from Kenya.



Actions to Take: 


  • Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page.


  • Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for country health advisories or call CDC at 800-232-4636 or 404-639-3534.



  • Adults (18 years or older):  It is recommended that adults fully vaccinated as a child should receive one lifetime IPV booster if they are traveling to or live in an area with increased risk for exposure to poliovirus.  The adult vaccination schedule can be found on the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html)




  • U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

U.S. Citizen Services – U.S. Embassy in Kenya (usembassy.gov)


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 for calls from the United States or Canada

+1-202-501-4444 for calls from overseas (Kenya)


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