Democratic Republic of the Congo

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is affected by four separate strains of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

Polio this week in Central Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo):

  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been reported this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).  So far, one cVDPV case has been reported in DRC in 2019.  The total number of cVDPV2 cases reported in 2018 is 20.  DRC is affected by four separate cVDPV2 outbreaks, in the provinces of Haut Katanga; Mongala; Haut Lomami/Tanganika/Haut Katanga/Ituri and Kasai.
  • Read our Democratic Republic of the Congo country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
  • Learn more about vaccine-derived polioviruses through this short animation or this ‘Coffee with Polio Experts’ video.


  • Type2 circulating Vaccine-derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) outbreak has been confirmed in Angola. An AFP cases and its contact have been confirmed based on cVDPV type 2 isolates in the lab. AFP case with onset on 5 Apr 2019 is reported from Cambulo district of Lunda Notre province. Stool from close contact of this cases was collected on 23 May 2019. This district is bordering areas in DR Congo where mOPV2 rounds have been conducted in response to ongoing cVDPV2 outbreaks.

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  May 2019.

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Key at-risk: no longer poliovirus-infected, but at high risk of outbreaks
Outbreak: has stopped indigenous WPV circulation but affected by outbreak of imported WPV or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus
Endemic: has never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus (WPV) circulation

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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