Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

  • One case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported in Mongala making it the second in 2021. The total number of 2020 cases remains at 81.
  • Read our Democratic Republic of the Congocountry page for more information.

International Health Regulations

The Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 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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