The declaration followed advice given by an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) that was convened to assess whether the international spread of polio in 2014 during what is normally the ‘low’ season for poliovirus transmission is a PHEIC. With the ‘high’ season for poliovirus transmission stretching from May to November/December, a coordinated international effort is needed to address this extraordinary event. The Director-General has made a number of Temporary Recommendations to address the PHEIC.

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