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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue in the Pacific Region Information Bulletin n°1

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation

The Situation

The IFRC’s recently launched advocacy campaign ‘Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster’ is very timely for the Pacific, where a number of countries have been experiencing increased dengue activity or outbreaks.

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World + 2 others
Mosquito-borne virus epidemics sweeping Pacific region have social and economic costs

Catherine Graue

Pacific countries warned to prepare for ongoing social and economic costs as the region is hit with a wave of mosquito-borne viruses.

Political leaders in the Pacific are being warned that mosquito-borne viruses could have serious social and economic costs for the next five years.

The region is dealing with an unprecedented chain of dengue fever, zika virus and chikungunya epidemics.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 2 others
Dengue outbreak causing resource and financial strain

The World Health Organisation says the current Pacific-wide outbreak of dengue is causing health systems across the region to be strained in both resources and finances.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue Situation Update, 25 March 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Lao PDR, New Caledonia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Malaysia is experiencing an outbreak of dengue. Dengue activity in 2014 is more than 4 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

Singapore is experiencing an increased level of dengue activity. Dengue activity in 2014 is 1.2 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

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World + 6 others
Pacific dengue outbreak unprecedented - SPC

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, or SPC, says the number of dengue fever outbreaks in the region over the past year is unprecedented, and the reason for the increase in cases is unknown.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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World + 7 others
WHO warns dengue outbreaks may not be over yet

The World Health Organisation is warning there may still be spikes in the number of cases of dengue fever in the Pacific this season before the weather starts to cool in April.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 12 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in Australia and New Caledonia, however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period, particularly in New Caledonia. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia,
Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam.

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Two dead and two missing amid New Caledonia rain

Police in New Caledonia say four people are missing after the territory was struck by heavy rain.

Read the full report on Radio New Zealand International

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 28 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore experienced more than a two-fold greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam, and remains low in New Caledonia.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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World + 2 others
Epidemics transmitted by mosquitoes – a cause of concern in the Pacific

The first locally-acquired case of Zika virus infection that was detected in New Caledonia on Friday (17 January 2014) represents a new epidemic threat to the territory and the Pacific region, which is already affected by several epidemics of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

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New Caledonia registers first local zika virus infection

The New Caledonian government says it has confirmation of a first case of a zika virus infection contracted in the territory.

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New Caledonia cleans up after Tropical Cyclone June

New Caledonia's north is cleaning up after the area was struck by Tropical Cyclone June on Saturday.

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Tonga + 4 others
Cyclone June takes aim at New Caledonia, New Zealand

01/18/2014 00:36 GMT

WELLINGTON, January 18, 2014 (AFP) - A fresh tropical cyclone has formed in the Pacific region and was gathering strength as it headed south towards New Caledonia and New Zealand, forecasters said Saturday.

A warning has gone out to all shipping in the path of Cyclone June to expect heavy swells and gale force winds.

June, which formed in the Coral Sea near the Solomon Islands as a category one cyclone, was expected to have intensified to category two before hitting Norfolk Island, between New Caledonia and New Zealand, on Sunday.

Agence France-Presse:

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 15 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore and New Caledonia experienced a two-fold or greater number of reported cases in 2013 than 2012 for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Philippines, and remains low in New Caledonia. French Polynesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Viet Nam however, continue to report sustained dengue activity.

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.

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Pacific health authorities warn of mosquito borne diseases

Health authorities in the Pacific region are warning people in the islands to be vigilant about mosquito borne diseases.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 25 December 2013

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore and New Caledonia reported higher cumulative numbers of cases in 2013 than 2012 for the same time period.

The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Philippines, and remains low in New Caledonia. French Polynesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Viet Nam however, continue to report sustained dengue activity.