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 twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee was held in February 2017.
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 February 2017. The committee’s full report is available here.
At a glance
States currently exporting wild poliovirus or cVDPV
States infected with wild poliovirus or cVDPVs but not currently exporting
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic (cVDPV)|
|Nigeria (WPV1 & cVDPV)|
States no longer infected by wild poliovirus or cVDPV, but which remain vulnerable to international spread, and states that are vulnerable to the emergence and circulation of VDPV
|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
Full WHO statement including the Temporary Recommendations