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HEALTH CRISIS: Polio Strikes DRC With Nearly 50 Cases Recorded

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported this week the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently confirmed ten new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1).

As of August 2, 2023, there are now 46 cases reported so far this year. There were 146 cases in 2022.

Additionally, the DRC reported four new cases involving circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

There are now 61 cases so far this year and 367 cases reported in 2022.

In response to this polio outbreak, the U.S. CDC included the DRC in its Level 2 – Practice Enhanced Precautions, Global Polio Travel Health Notice.

The CDC said on July 28, 2023, adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series may receive a single, lifetime booster dose of an IPV polio vaccine before traveling to any of these 30 destinations.

CREDIT: Precision Vaccinations

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