Democratic Republic of the Congo

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2)

Polio this week in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo)

  • Five cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported; one in Nord Ubangi and two each in Maindombe and Equateur. There are 68 cases reported in 2020 so far, while the 2019 case count remains 88.
  • Read our Democratic Republic of the Congo country pagefor more information.

International Health Regulations

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with cVDPV2, with potential risk of international spread.  It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of October 2020.

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.

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