WHO reports on the international spread of poliovirus

04 June 2019

Article: 53/2203

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a statement on the outcome of the twenty-first meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus.

The committee is gravely concerned by the significant further increase in wild poliovirus (WPV1) cases globally in 2019, particularly in Pakistan where 15 cases have already been reported, whilst in Afghanistan, the critical issue of access is seriously hampering progress towards global eradication.

The risk of international spread of poliovirus still constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and the extension of temporary recommendations for affected states have been extended for a further three months. 

A news item was posted on Travax (for health professionals) advising of the affected countries and the temporary recommendations. Individual country recommendations and information about poliomyelitis can be found on Travax and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: WHO, 29 May 2019