Guinea

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

Polio this week in Guinea

  • Six cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported; two each in Nzerekore and Boke and one each in Kankan and Faranah. There are now 45 cVDPV2 cases in the country all reported in 2020.
  • Read our Guinea country page for more information.

WHO risk assessment

WHO assesses the risk of international spread of cVDPV2 across Africa to be high.

WHO advice

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.

International Health Regulations

Guinea 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.