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08 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federate States of Micronesia

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu- As of 8 December there have been thirty (30) suspected cases. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

Zika

· American Samoa: As o 1 December 2016; there have been 1,004 suspected cases of which 58 are laboratory confirmed, since 1 January 2016. Of these confirmed cases; 33 are pregnant women. The weekly number of cases is decreasing.

07 Dec 2016 description

For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.

06 Dec 2016 description

Joint media release

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP

  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

6 December 2016

From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific.

01 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu- As of 30 November there have been 10 suspected cases of which 7 tested NS1 or IgM positive with the Standard Diagnostic’s Dengue Duo rapid diagnostic test (RDT). Samples have been sent to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research laboratory , New Zealand for confirmatory testing. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

17 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Argentina and Guadeloupe

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

17 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands · Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga · Prolonged fever: Palau, Solomon Islands

Other update:

Solomon Islands

· A total of 2, 760 cases were of suspected cases have been reported in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel, Choiseul, Makira & Temotu (528 cases since the last report) from epidemiological week 33-44 (15 August -6 November).

11 Nov 2016 description

Week 44, ending 6 November 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other updates

Dengue fever

  • Niue confirms a dengue RDT positive case (NS1 Ag+ve) in a returned traveller from the Solomon Islands. For further details please refer to PacNet posting earlier today.

10 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o Montserrat, Palau

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

05 Nov 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces fifth season of insurance initiative and new delivery facility

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2016 – The World Bank has announced the start of the fifth round of Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) Insurance, along with the recent establishment of a new Cook Islands-based insurance company, called the PCRAFI Facility, which will deliver this innovative and competitive insurance.

04 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Viet Nam

04 Nov 2016 description

Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.

03 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Tokelau

Other updates:

Dengue

27 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

21 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

20 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands declared an outbreak on 8 October. A total of 414 cases of suspected dengue have been reported in Honiara and Guadalcanal (134 additional cases since last report) from epidemiological week 33 to week 40 (15 August to 9 October 2016).

18 Oct 2016 description

The second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum officially opened today with national, regional and international experts on climate services and disaster risk reduction present to explore common approaches and best practices for climate services that can be extended throughout the Pacific Island region.

With the cyclone season closing in, the two-day event hosted by the Fiji Meteorology Service in Nadi is placing a special focus on disaster risk reduction and the importance of climate information for community preparedness.