Afghanistan

Status: affected by wild poliovirus type 1 and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2

Afghanistan is affected by ongoing endemic wild poliovirus transmission. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is focusing on reaching every last child in Afghanistan with vaccines, strengthening surveillance and maintaining political commitment, financial resources and technical support at all levels.

Polio this week in Afghanistan

  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported this week. There is one case reported in 2021 while the total number of 2020 cases remains at 56.
  • No cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week. The number of 2021 cases remains at 33. There were 308 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020.
  • Read the latest polio snapshot from Afghanistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.

International Health Regulations

Afghanistan is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with WPV1 and cVDPV2 with potential risk of international spread. It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of February 2021.

 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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