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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

WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

1 February 2016

I convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Committee met today by teleconference.

29 Jan 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 24-30 January 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease and MERS.

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

Other updates

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.

28 Jan 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)
As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

22 Jan 2016 description
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El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says

Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

14 Jan 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia (no update)

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.

06 Jan 2016 description
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PAPEETE, le 5 janvier 2016 - La Polynésie française n’a pas l’habitude des cyclones comme peuvent l’être des régions et pays comme le Vanuatu, la Réunion, … Mais cette année le risque de voir passer l’un de ces phénomènes météorologiques est fort. La faute à El Niño. Mais qu’est-ce qu’un cyclone ? Comment se forme-t-il ? Quel rapport entre El Niño et les cyclones ? Les réponses de Victoire Laurent, chef de la division étude et climatologie à Météo France.

06 Jan 2016 description
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PAPEETE, le 5 janvier 2016. La commune de Tureia va bénéficier d'une subvention de 2 millions de Fcfp pour s'équiper d'une sirène alerte au tsunami.

29 Dec 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 November, there were 3,822 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 30 November 2015, 470 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of November in 2015 has decreased threefold compared to case numbers reported in the previous month and considerably lower than the number of cases reported in 2014, for the same reporting period. (Figure 1)

Malaysia (no update)

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

24 Dec 2015 description
report Tahiti Infos

PAPENO'O, le 23/12/2015 - Un bel élan de solidarité unit les jeunes de la commune de Papeno'o aux sinistrés. Ce matin, plusieurs camions transportant des denrées alimentaires ont sillonné les quartiers les plus touchés par les intempéries du 12 décembre. Une trentaine de jeunes bénévoles ont participé à la distribution de ces denrées alimentaires, à deux jours de Noël.

23 Dec 2015 description
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Papenoo le 17 décembre 2015 - La paroisse mormone de Papeno’o est au cœur du dispositif d'aide aux victimes des fortes intempéries du week-end dernier. 1 400 repas y sont distribués chaque jour, aux habitants de toutes confessions, et trois familles se sont installées dans les salles de réunion de l'église, leurs maisons rendues inhabitables par les inondations.

22 Dec 2015 description

French Polynesia's assembly has approved US$8 million in funds to help rebuild parts of Tahiti badly damaged by floods last week.

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20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

19 Dec 2015 description

Une première aide de près de 12 millions de Fcfp, provenant du « Fonds de secours en extrême urgence », vient d’être versée par le Ministère de l’outremer. Elle permettra de financer, à la demande des maires concernés, l’acquisition de matériels destinés à protéger les bâtiments endommagés (bâches, étais…), à traiter les conséquences immédiates et urgentes de la catastrophe (achat ou location de tronçonneuses, de stations de pompage, d’outillages divers…), à accueillir en urgence et de manière temporaire les personnes sans logement (tentes…) et à pourvoir aux besoins de première nécessité …

17 Dec 2015 description

The French overseas minister has announced the release of funds to help the victims of last weekend's floods in French Polynesia.

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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