Pacific syndromic surveillance report: Week 11, ending 19 March 2017

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 23 Mar 2017

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

Other updates:

Dengue

· Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Solomon Islands. As of 12 March 2017, there have been 11,691 suspected cases reported across all provinces, 96% of the reported cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal province. There have been 791 cases hospitalized; 62% of these individuals were below 24 years of age. A total of 12 deaths have been associated with this outbreak. The number of dengue cases has decreased significantly, indicating a possible slowing down of the outbreak. Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health &Medical Services dengue outbreak external SitRep No.24.

· Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak ongoing with 2,052 cases as of 16 March 2017, including 74 hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH

• New Caledonia: As of 22 March 2017 there have been 1,828 cases since 1 September 2016. There have been 3 deaths reported. Dengue virus serotypes 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

Hepatitis A

· As of 4 March 2017 there have been 140 confirmed cases in the Republic of Marshall Islands since September 2016. Majority of the cases are among pre-school or elementary-aged children. Transmission is propagated mainly in schools and families. Expanded case finding continues through investigation of contacts. Hepatitis A vaccines are administered to close contacts of cases. Overall the rate of new cases appears to be decreasing due to immunization activities. Source: RMI Situation report 10 March 2017.