Central African Republic

Status: Affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) 

In Central African Republic (CAR), circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed.

Polio this week in Central African Republic

  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. There were four cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020.
  • One cVDPV2 positive environmental sample was reported in RS7. This positive sample is the first one reported this year and is linked to the Zamfara outbreak in Nigeria
  • Read our Central African Republic country page for more information.

International Health Regulations

CAR 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 November 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.