Polio in Sierra Leone

12 January 2021

Article: 55/204

On 30 December 2020, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported three new cases of polio in Sierra Leone, one each in the Western Area, Northern, and North Western regions. These are the first polio cases in the country.

Advice for travellers

  • Poliomyelitis is spread mainly through person-to-person contact via the faecal-oral route.
  • Travellers should be offered a booster dose of poliomyelitis vaccine if it has been more than ten years since their last dose.

Further information is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 5 January 2021