Kenya

Status: no longer poliovirus-infected, but at high risk of outbreaks

Polio this week in Horn of Africa

  • Two cVDPV2 cases were reported this week in Ethiopia in Oromiya province. There have been 29 cases reported in Ethiopia so far.
  • Somalia has reported a total of 15 cVDPV cases (eight type 2, six type 3 and one coinfection of both type 2 and type 3) since the beginning of the outbreak in 2018. No new cases were reported in the country since May 2019.
  • Learn more about vaccine-derived polioviruses through this short animation or this ‘Coffee with Polio Experts’ video.

International Health Regulations

Kenya is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state vulnerable to re-infection by WPV or cVDPV, with potential risk of international spread. It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations 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.

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