Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Sierra Leone

19 August 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone has reported one confirmed case and 45 suspected cases of yellow fever in Tonkolili district.

A joint investigation mission from the Ministry, WHO and UNICEF took place 7-10 August and samples collected on site are undergoing laboratory testing.

Surveillance has been strengthened in the affected areas and plans are in place for an immunization campaign to begin this week. The Ministry has an available stock of yellow fever vaccine to cover the affected population.

Additional samples from surrounding districts are also being collected for testing.