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16 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, and Samoa.

  • Prolonged Fever: Federated States of Micronesia

Other Update:

Meningococcal Disease

08 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

07 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Polio

  • PNG: Southern Highlands has reported the country's 19th polio case since June 2018 and 3 cases are pending confirmation. The case a 1-year-old male did not receive the polio emergency vaccination. Source: PROMED

Dengue

26 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other Update:

Polio

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

16 Oct 2018 description

Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.

But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.

11 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

• Influenza-like illness: Northern Marianna Islands

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

08 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Mariana Is, Samoa
  • Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia, Palau

Other Updates:

Polio

27 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: Palau

  • Dengue-like illness: Samoa

Other Updates:

Dengue

21 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa

  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other Updates:

Polio

13 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Palau, FSM, Kiribati, Vanuatu, American Samoa

• Diarrhoea: Tokelau

Other Updates:

Polio

11 Sep 2018 description

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):  

- One (1) imported case of **dengue 2** with travel history to **Solomon Islands Islands** was reported by New Zealand ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 01/09/18 to 07/09/2018. 

Other updates **since the last map was sent on PacNet on 3 September 2018** 

Polio 

06 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: CNMI, Fiji,Tonga

Other Updates:

Leptospirosis

  • Wallis and Futuna confirms 13 cases in since January 2018. For further details please refer to Patrick Lambruschini's PacNet post on 5 September 2018.

Dengue

30 Aug 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week: 

  • Acute Fever and Rash:  French Polynesia
  • Prolonged Fever: Fiji 

Other Updates:

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in **American Samoa**. As of 25 August, 2018 there have been 1,085 confirmed cases since 1 November 2016;. The outbreak appears to be slowing down. For further details please refer to Aifili Tufa's PacNet post on 28 August 2018.

29 Aug 2018 description

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat for the following coasts, stating:

  • TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF FIJI... NEW CALEDONIA... AND VANUATU.

29 Aug 2018 description

SUVA, 28 August 2018 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Pacific Community (SPC) announced a new partnership to support the strengthening of data collection and data analysis to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children, women and people with disabilities across the Pacific islands and territories.

The collection and dissemination of reliable data of children and women worldwide is vital to identify and plan for their needs and to inform policies.

27 Aug 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week: 

  • Acute Fever and Rash:  Tonga, Northern Mariana Island  

Other Updates: 

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in **Kiribati**. As of 16 August, 2018 there have been 1,778 cases since February 2018; including 217 hospitalised cases and two deaths in children. The outbreak appears to be slowing down.

Source: Dengue-like illness SitRep No 29, Ministry of Health and Medical Services. 

Polio 

16 Aug 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Kiribati, French Polynesia

Other Updates:

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Kiribati. As of 11 August, 2018 there have been 1,756 cases since February 2018; including 217 hospitalised cases and two deaths in children. The outbreak appears to be slowing down.

Source: Dengue-like illness SitRep No 28, Ministry of Health and Medical Services.