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04 Feb 2016 description

A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.

01 Feb 2016 description
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INDONESIA

Between 28 and 31 Jan, flooding was reported in both Sumatra and Java. Approximately 2,600 houses were inundated for days and at least six bridges connecting villages in Aceh were damaged. This is in addition to the 4,900 houses that were inundated the previous week and where water has now receded.
Local authorities reported no casualties and provided basic relief assistance.

2,600 houses inundadated

29 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged: - Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau - Diarrhoea: Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga - Influenza-like illness: Solomon Islands - Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

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Zika virus - Tonga: There has been an increase in the number of suspected zika cases reported in the week ending 17 and 24 January 2016. Two out of nine samples sent to the LabPlus NZ, were RT-PCR positive for Zika virus.

26 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total affected population: 2.3 million
Total affected children (under 18): 1.4 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 85,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 51,000

2016 programme targets

Nutrition

  • 800 children aged 6 to 59 months with global acute malnutrition identified and referred, including 120 children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)

  • 48,000 children under 5 years received micronutrient supplementation

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

10 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Rotavirus outbreak continues. It appears that nationally the outbreak has plateaued, although case numbers may still be increasing in some provinces. Six deaths (4 children and 2 adults) have been reported to have died of a diarrhoeal illness during the outbreak. These deaths are being investigated to determine which deaths are attributable to the complications of rotavirus gastroenteritis.

27 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Palau Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash

Three cases reported from Palau were diagnosed as varicella zoster.

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Outbreak continues; there is a decrease in the weekly number of cases reported.

Ebola Virus Disease

20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

17 Dec 2015 description
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The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tokelau

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Increasing number of cases of diarrhoea in the Solomon Islands. Most of the cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal in young children aged less than 5 years. A WHO epidemiologist has been deployed to assist with the investigations.

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

10 Dec 2015 description

UN warns current El Niño event is strongest since 1998 and will continue into early 2016

The third Advisory Note on El Nino for Asia-Pacific countries, issued jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), warns that the current El Nino event is likely to be one of the strongest since 1997-1998 and will persist into the second quarter of 2016.

06 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

04 Dec 2015 description

Strong El Niño conditions continued in November 2015 and are forecast to remain the same through February 2015. As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of El Niño. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought.

22 Nov 2015 description

Week 47, ending 22 November, 2015

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.

Dengue

20 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.

Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.

The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

17 Nov 2015 description

Key Points

• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.

• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.

• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.

08 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Diarrhoea: Kiribati, Tonga

Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Republic of Marshall Islands

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

Diarrhoea

There is currently an outbreak in Kiribati. Rotavirus has been isolated. Influenza-like illness