Public Health Emergency status
IHR Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Temporary Recommendations to Reduce International Spread of Poliovirus
On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendations to reduce the international spread of poliovirus, and requested a reassessment of this situation by the Emergency Committee every 3 months. The 18th meeting of the Emergency Committee was held in August 2018.
Based on the committee’s advice and the reports made by affected States Parties, the Director-General extended the following Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005), effective August 2018. The committee’s full report is available here.
At a glance
States infected with WPV1, cVDPV1 or cVDPV3, with potential risk of international spread
|Papua New Guinea (cVDPV1)|
States infected with cVDPV2, with potential risk of international spread
|Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Syrian Arab Republic|
States no longer infected by WPV1 or cVDPV, but which remain vulnerable to re-infection by WPV or cVDPV
|Central African Republic|
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While there are no specific IHR Temporary Recommendations for travellers from polio free countries, those travelling to polio-affected countries are advised to consult International Travel and Health