Zambia

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus

Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Chienge district, Luapula province on the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is the first case of cVDPV2 reported from Zambia.

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 Zambia

  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019 remains two.
  • Read our Zambia 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 June 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.