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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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Meteo France in French Polynesia helps the fight against vector born diseases

Meteorological term defined: A synoptic weather station with altitude observations - these are stations that collect weather information regularly and report information regularly to the main office, from there it is then transmitted worldwide through a special network. Different weather stations can collect different types of data for example some may collect rainfall, others wind speed, temperatures and so on.

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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:

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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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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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Philippines + 9 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11-17 February 2014

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It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 45% funded.

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin No. 1

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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 + 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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World + 3 others
Health officials are warning about the rise in mosquito-borne diseases across the Pacific region this year

Health officials are warning about the rise in mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific region this year, including dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Over the past few months, there has been a resurgence of Type 3 dengue in several countries including Fiji, Kiribati and French Polynesia.

In total, there were 11 dengue epidemics across the Pacific region last year.

Dr Yvan Souares, director of the Public Health division at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat that dengue poses an increasing threat to public heath.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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French Polynesian health authorities say epidemics under control

The head of health surveillance in French Polynesia says two mosquito borne epidemics over the past three months now appear to be under control.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 10 others
Information for Action Special Issue - Climate Change and Health [EN/FR]

Inform'ACTION is the bilingual bulletin of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) produced by the Research, Evidence and Information Programme (REI) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). It contains news and information about public health surveillance and response activities in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The first priorities of the PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones.

Produced at SPC (Noumea) with the support of AusAid, New Zealand Aid Programme and France.

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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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Fiji + 3 others
Dengue serotype 3 re-emerges in the South Pacific

16 January 2014 - Dengue virus serotype 3 has recently re-emerged in several countries and territories in the South Pacific after nearly 20 years. The number of cases is expected to continue to increase in the coming months in many places including Fiji, French Polynesia and Kiribati, while a large outbreak in Solomon Islands is winding down. Currently, health ministries in affected areas are actively building community awareness around how to prevent dengue and refreshing the skills of medical personnel to recognize and treat the symptoms of dengue.

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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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Thousands seek medical help for Zika virus in French Polynesia

Health authorities in the Pacific are battling to control a number of mosquito borne disease outbreaks.

Of particular concern is a virus so rare that the current crisis is just the second major incident ever recorded in the Pacific.

Already more than 400 Fijians have received treatment for dengue fever since November.

Now officials in French Polynesia say 20,000 people have sort medical help for the lesser known Zika virus

Presenter: Brendan Arrow

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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French Polynesia health officials battle two epidemics

Health officials in French Polynesia are battling an epidemic of the zika virus and also dengue fever.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International