Somalia

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus

Somalia is affected by circulation of both vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3).

Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and type 3 (cVDPV3) has been confirmed in the Horn of Africa, with the same virus confirmed in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Polio this week in Horn of Africa

  • One case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported in Oromyiaprovince in Ethiopia making it the second case in 2020.
  • There are 13 cVDPV2 cases reported in Ethiopia so far, four cases are linked to the outbreak in neighbouring Somalia and eight cases are part of 3 different outbreaks in Ethiopian.
  • 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.
  • Learn more about vaccine-derived polioviruses through this short animation or this ‘Coffee with Polio Experts’ video.

International Health Regulations

Somalia is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with cVDPV2 and cVDPV3, 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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