Pacific syndromic surveillance report: Week 50, ending 18 December 2016
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Kiribati
· Vanuatu - As of 22 December there have been 264 suspected cases since 11 November 2016. Dengue serotype-2 was confirmed in two samples by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR),New Zealand. As of December 9th, the Dengue Task Force of the MOH decided that not all suspected cases would be tested. Testing will be only for cases from new sites, severe dengue cases and about 2 case per day will be tested to detect potential introduction of new dengue virus serotypes and/or Zika virus and/or Chikungunya virus. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.
· Solomon Islands: As of 11 December 2016, there have been 6,294 cases of dengue since 15 August. Recent samples sent to ESR, NZ for confirmation identified Dengue serotype-2 in 60% of samples sent. In the week ending 11 December 2016 there were 36 hospitalised cases, with no deaths reported. Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health