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 case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2022 is 191.
  • One cVDPV1 was reported in Haut Lomami bringing the number of cVDPV1 cases in 2022 to 48.
  • Outbreak response to both cVDPV1 and cVDPV2 is being intensified.

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 1 November 2022.

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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