Togo

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus

Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Togo, related to a cVDPV2 affecting Jigawa, Nigeria.

Across the GPEI partnership, the outbreak preparedness and response task team (OPRTT) is working with our regional and country colleagues in supporting local public health authorities in carrying out a full field investigation and determining if there is a risk of local spread of this virus which might require a response.

Polio this week in Togo

  • Five cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported: three in Lomt and two in Savanes provinces bringing the number of 2020 cases to six. The total number of cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019 remains eight.
  • Read our Togo country page for more information.

International Health Regulations

Countries affected by poliovirus transmission are subject to International Health Regulations Temporary Recommendations that request them to declare a case of polio as a national public health emergency and consideration vaccination of all international travellers, as per temporary recommendations issued as of December 2019.

Travel advice

WHO’s International Travel and Health recommends that all travellers to polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of OPV or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.