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02 Dec 2017 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 26 November - 2 December 2017 and includes updates on influenza, plague, monkeypox, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue and Zika.

01 Dec 2017 description

There have not been any syndromes flagged for the reporting week 47.

Other updates

Dengue

A dengue outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. As of 6 November there have been 7 confirmed cases, of which two have had dengue serotype-1 identified. Source: Health Agency Wallis and Futuna There is an ongoing dengue-serotype 2 outbreak in Samoa

Mumps

27 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Other updates

Dengue

  • A dengue serotype-2 outbreak is ongoing in Samoa. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. Source: Samoa Ministry of Health.
25 Nov 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 14 November 2017, a total of 2,979 suspected dengue cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China

20 Nov 2017 description
  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 M, at a depth of 10 km, occurred north-east off the coast of Mare island (Loyalty islands province) on 19 November at 22.43 UTC. USGS PAGER estimates 1 000 people were exposed to a "strong" shaking and 5 000 people to "moderate" shaking.

  • The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.8 M at a 10 km depth. A Tsunami Warning was issued minutes after the 7.0 M earthquake but was cancelled about one hour later.

20 Nov 2017 description

Updated yesterday at 8:22pm

A shallow, magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kilometres of the epicentre, but later said the danger had largely passed.

The quake — initially reported as magnitude-7.3 — struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres some 80 kilometres east of New Caledonia.

12 Nov 2017 description

Between four and seven cyclones are expected during the 2017 - 2018 cyclone season. This represents lower than average activity. There is normal risk of severe cyclones for Vanuatu, New Caledonia,
Fiji and Samoa, while the risk is reduced for Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Samoa,
Tonga, Niue and Cook Islands.

La Niña

12 Nov 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 31 October 2017, a total of 2,884 suspected dengue cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (no update)

10 Nov 2017 description

A meeting of civil society organisations in Fiji last week aimed to ensure that Pacific concerns on climate change are part of a binding UN agreement on migration.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Vanuatu

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

Other updates

Influenza:

  • French Polynesia: Increase number of cases reported, Influenza A (H3N2) has been identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia. Source: French Polynesia Ministry of Health.

Dengue:

03 Nov 2017 description

Week 43, ending 29 October 2017

The following syndrome was flagged this week.

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Updates

Mumps Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).

03 Nov 2017 description
report Caritas Australia

“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” said Eri Aram.

Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, is in Australia this week to tell the story of his country. He will then attend the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.

For Eri, forced relocation as a result of climate change is a very real and grim prospect.

29 Oct 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 17 October 2017, a total of 2,716 suspected dengue cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China

27 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Updates

Mumps

  • Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).
24 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

This year’s State of the Environment for Oceania report focuses on people’s changing relationship with the seas that surround us, and how Oceania communities and governments are responding to today’s environmental challenges.

Beneath the surface of the waves, the temperature, volume and chemistry of our oceans is changing. A major report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said the world is ‘completely unprepared’ for the impact of warming oceans on marine life, ecosystems, and people.

19 Oct 2017 description

**Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region **

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 5 September 2017, a total of 2,102 suspected dengue cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (No updates)