The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recently reported that three African countries confirmed more vaccine-related polio cases last week.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported one case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) in Haut Lomami.
In 2022, 29 cVDPV1 cases were now reported.
And the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirmed six cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), bringing the number of cases reported in 2022 to 160. In 2021 there were 28 cases.
The countries of Niger and Nigeria each reported a single case of cVDPV2.
In Niger there are now 11 cases in 2022 compared to 18 in 2021.
Nigeria’s case was recorded in Borno, bringing the annual total to 37 cases this year. In 2021, 415 cases were reported.
To inform international travelers of their potential health risks, the US CDC issued a Global Polio Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions on September 26, 2022.
Before traveling to an at-risk destination, the CDC recommends that adults who have previously completed the full, routine polio vaccination course receive a one-time lifetime booster dose of IPV polio vaccine.
In the United States, polio vaccines are commonly available at clinics and travel pharmacies.
Additional poliovirus detections in news from New York and London will be posted at PrecisionVaccinations.com/Polio.