Of the 2857 (to date) polio survivors currently living in Australia who have recorded their details on the Australian Polio Register, 505 of them contracted polio in overseas countries. The charts and map on this page provide more information, and are updated as new registrations are recorded online.

Derived from Register entries to date, the chart below displays the total number of polio cases for individual overseas regions, while the pie chart gives the percentage breakup per region.

The number of polio cases for individual overseas regions



Polio contracted overseas

This map shows where polio was contracted overseas, as recorded to date on the Australian Polio Register. (To more easily explore the individual regions in greater detail, choose from the menu options above.)

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To see more detail you can move the map and center it on different towns and suburbs by clicking and dragging the map with your mouse, and then zoom in and out (by using the mouse’s scroll wheel or by clicking the plus or minus at the bottom right of the map).

Click on a red map marker to reveal in what years polio was contracted in that location. Note that the map markers point to the general locality only; they should not be interpreted as pointing to specific streets, for example.

For regions with many different polio locations, the red map markers are clustered together to reduce clutter on the map, with new regional clusters created as the map zoom level changes. Click on a regional cluster to zoom in and reveal the individual red map markers.

Red map markers indicate in what years polio was contracted in that location (the number on the marker gives the total number of polio cases currently recorded for the location).
Purple clusters indicate there are between 2 and 9 different polio locations in that region, with the number on the cluster giving the number of locations (zoom in to reveal the red map markers showing the number of polio cases currently recorded per location).
Pink clusters indicate there are between 10 and 99 different polio locations in that region, with the number on the cluster giving the number of locations (zoom in to reveal the red map markers showing the number of polio cases currently recorded per location).
Red clusters indicate there are between 100 and 999 different polio locations in that region, with the number on the cluster giving the number of locations (zoom in to reveal the red map markers showing the number of polio cases currently recorded per location).