On May 5, 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Currently 10 countries (Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, and Syria) have active transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) that could spread to other countries through international travel. Due to the public health risk to other countries, vaccination requirements have been issued for travelers in order to prevent further spread of the disease.
Every pediatrician seeing children in foster care should know their local county DHS Health Liaison Officer’s (HLO) contact information because these professionals are the key to important patient health information. Please locate your local HLO here. HLOs function as the liaison between foster care staff and Medicaid Health Plans to ensure appropriate medical coverage, and that physical, developmental, and mental health services for foster children is obtained.
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