The Indonesian Ministry of Health has reported a case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDP2) in Pidie regency, Aceh province.
Consequently, the government said it would immediately launch a vaccination program for children up to the age of 13 in all regions of Aceh.
Aceh is a special region of Indonesia located in the north of the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia.
Aceh Province Empowerment and Family Welfare Team Acting Chairperson Ayu Candra Febiola Nazuar admitted on November 20, 2022 that she was very sad that Pidie had experienced event status extraordinary of the discovery of poliomyelitis.
Indonesia, along with ten other Southeast Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) have been certified polio-free by WHO in 2014.
On November 1, 2022, the WHO reconfirmed that polio remains a public health emergency of international concern.
As of November 21, 2022, the US CDC has not issued a travel advisory regarding the disclosure of this polio case. The CDC says polio is a vaccine-preventable disease.
Additional news about the polio outbreak is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/Polio.