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25 Aug 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

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

  • 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:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

16 Aug 2016 description

Honiara, Solomon Islands: Six Solomon Islands communities have successfully completed mapping out their climate change adaptation plans for this year until 2018 and beyond.

The plans are a result of an intensive planning process conducted at rural communities in Ferafalu of Manaoba Island in the Malaita Province, Tuwo of Fenualoa Island in the Temotu Province, Santa Catalina in the Makira-Ulawa Province, and provincial towns of Tigoa in the Rennell Bellona Province, Taro in the Choiseul Province and Gizo in the Western Province.

04 Aug 2016 description

As of 3 August 2016, 68 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (65 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 51 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Table 1).

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

03 Aug 2016 description

Climate Change Matters.

The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.

28 Jul 2016 description

 As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).

26 Jul 2016 description

The Solomon Islands Government most senior official responsible for the drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is very optimistic that the country will be safe and secure when the Mission concludes in June 2017.

John Wasi, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary to RAMSI, expressed these sentiments on SIBC’s Talking Truth radio programme last week as the Mission marks its 13th and final anniversary on 24 July before the Mission ends next year.

22 Jul 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 17 - 23 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever, influenzas A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea.

22 Jul 2016 description
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

19 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in early 2016; it was the strongest cyclone to ever make land fall in the South Pacific, and affected more than half of the country. The impact of this cyclone, subsequent storms and in other countries, drought, continues to be felt directly by children through greatly reduced food availability, damages to water and sanitation systems, and damages to schools and health centres.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

19 Jul 2016 description

A recent training session on child protection has enabled the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society to look at how it can incorporate measures for the prevention of violence against children across all its activities.

The training, facilitated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Violence Prevention & Response Advisor, Gurvinder Singh, was attended by 23 staff and volunteers from the Solomon Islands Red Cross, Australian Red Cross and French Red Cross.

18 Jul 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Palau, Vanuatu Syndrome grippal : Îles Cook, États fédérés de Micronésie Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Infection à virus Zika

16 Jul 2016 description

​​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 10-16 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, West Nile virus, MERS, and yellow fever in Angola.

14 Jul 2016 description

Summary

WHO and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

11 Jul 2016 description

Emergency responders and telecommunications experts from across the Pacific meet in Apia over the next three days to discuss ways to improve disaster emergency communications.

Read the full story here.

08 Jul 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 2-9 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus and yellow fever in Angola.

07 Jul 2016 description

Summary

  • WHO and partners have established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of vector-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). In addition, this will facilitate public health recommendations for residents and travellers. Based on these definitions, countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission were reclassified.