Democratic Republic of the Congo

Status: affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) and type 2 (cVDPV2)

Polio this week in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo)

  • No cVDPV1 cases were reported this week. The number of 2023 cases remains 105.
  • No cVDPV2 cases were reported this week. The number of 2023 cases remains 118.
  • One cVDPV2-positive environmental sample was reported in Kinshasa.

International Health Regulations

Democratic Republic of the Congo is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) with potential risk of international spread and cVDPV2, with or without evidence of local transmission. It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of August 2023.

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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