SOLOMON ISLANDS: Rotavirus
In the past week, another 212 cases of diarrhea were reported from the 9 sentinel sites across the Solomon Islands as a rotavirus outbreak continues. 25 people are now thought to have died from diarrhea-related illness since the outbreak began. 16 of these fatalities were children under the age of 5.
Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.
Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.