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Polio in Sierra Leone

05 Jan 2021

On 30th December 2020, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported three new cases of polio; 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 and by consuming contaminated food and water.

You should consider having a booster dose of polio vaccine if it has been more than 10 years since your last booster and you are travelling to a country where polio remains a problem.

For further information see the fitfortravel Sierra Leone country page and Poliomyelitis page.