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

Polio this week in Malaysia

  • No circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) case was reported this week. There has been one case in 2020 so far. The total number of cases reported in 2019 remains three.
  • Read our Malaysia country page for more information.

International Health Regulations

Malaysia is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with cVDPV1 and cVDPV2 with potential risk of international spread. It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of February 2021.

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.

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.