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Polio Public Health Emergency:

Temporary Recommendations to Reduce International Spread of Poliovirus

On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendations to reduce the international spread of wild poliovirus, and requested a reassessment of this situation by the Emergency Committee every 3 months. The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee was held in April 2015.

Based on the committee’s advice and the reports made by affected States Parties, the Director-General extended the following Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005), effective May 2015. The committee's full report is available here.

 

At a glance

States currently exporting wild poliovirus
 Afghanistan
 Pakistan
 
States infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting
 Cameroon
 Nigeria
 Somalia
 
States no longer infected by wild poliovirus, but which remain vulnerable to international spread
 Equatorial Guinea
 Ethiopia
 Iraq
 Israel
 Syrian Arab Republic
 

Please send questions to:
polioihr@who.int

Polio-free countries
While there are no specific IHR Temporary Recommendations for travellers from polio free countries, those travelling to polio-affected countries are advised to consult International Travel and Health


 

Related links

Full WHO statement including the Temporary Recommendations

For travellers: Frequently-asked questions [pdf]
 Translation: FrançaisEspañol | عربي

For countries: WHO Guidance for implementation of the Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005)

 Translations: Français

 Addendum to WHO Guidance

 

Download the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

Current global polio case count

International Health Regulations portal (secured-access for national IHR focal points)