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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

New Zealand has been declared polio free, with the last case occurring in 1977. This plan sets out the response in New Zealand to a potential first case of imported wild-virus polio. While it is unlikely poliovirus would spread significantly if it came to New Zealand, the public health system needs to be ready with a response that is prompt, effective, and based on available evidence should this unlikely event occur.

The plan complements the chapter on poliomyelitis in the Ministry of Health’s Communicable Diseases Control Manual by providing more detail.