Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2)
Polio this week in Benin
- No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. There are two cases reported in 2021 so far. There were three cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020. These cases are all linked to the Jigawa outbreak in Nigeria.
- Read our Benin country page for more information.
International Health Regulations
Benin 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 2021.
It is important that all countries, in particular those with frequent travel and contacts with polio-affected countries and areas, strengthen surveillance for AFP cases in order to rapidly detect any new virus importation and to facilitate a rapid response. Countries, territories and areas should also maintain uniformly high routine immunization coverage at the district level to minimize the consequences of any new virus introduction.
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.