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
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
Full WHO statement including the Temporary Recommendations
For travellers: Frequently-asked questions [pdf]
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For countries: WHO Guidance for implementation of the Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005)
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)
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