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18 Sep 2018 description

Introduction

Climate change in the Pacific

Small island developing states (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to our changing climate. People living in the western tropical Pacific SIDS are already experiencing higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events. Further changes on top of an existing, naturally variable climate are expected long into the future because of global warming.

17 Sep 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

Will an El Nino take place?

Current forecasts of Eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures (SST) and expert judgement point to a significant likelihood of an El Nino materializing: currently this stands at 50-55% chance of it happening in the northern hemisphere Autumn and 65-70% chance of it developing in the coming Winter.

How long is it likely to last?

Judging from the forecasts for how SST are likely to evolve, this El Nino, should it materialize, is likely to be relatively short and over by mid 2019.

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

12 Sep 2018 description

Autres informations utiles (cas importés/personnes ayant séjourné dans un ou plusieurs États et Territoires insulaires océaniens) :

  • Un (1) cas importé de dengue de type 2 a été signalé par l’Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) de Nouvelle-Zélande pour la période allant du 1er au 7 septembre 2018. Il s’agit d’une personne ayant séjourné aux Îles Salomon.

Autres relevés :

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

04 Sep 2018 description

Autres informations utiles (cas importés/personnes ayant séjourné dans un ou plusieurs États et Territoires insulaires océaniens) :

  • Six (6) cas importés de dengue (sérotype DEN-2 : 4 cas, sérotype DEN-4: 1 cas et sérotype inconnu: 1 cas) ont été signalés par les services sanitaires du Queensland (données relatives aux maladies à déclaration obligatoire) au cours de la période du 1er janvier 2018 au 26 août 2018 (informations disponibles en ligne). Il s’agit de personnes ayant séjourné aux Fidji.

Autres relevés :

03 Sep 2018 description

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

03 Sep 2018 description

A new initiative announced on 1 September 2018 will boost the local disaster preparedness and response capacity of nine national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Asia Pacific.

People in Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam will benefit from the two-year, 2 million US dollar (1.7 million Euro) programme to improve the capacity, readiness and resilience of local Red Cross and Red Crescent responders.

30 Aug 2018 description

Index: ASA 05/8971/2018

30 August 2018

JOINT OPEN LETTER TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM LEADERS AND OBSERVERS IN THE CONTEXT OF AUSTRALIA’S ABUSIVE OFFSHORE REFUGEE PROCESSING POLICY

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.

28 Aug 2018 description

Faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 20 août 2018 :

Polynésie française : L’épidémie de grippe A a été déclarée éteinte. L’alerte ne figure plus sur la carte. – Source: Bulletin de surveillance sanitaire en Polynésie Française - Semaines 31 et 32 2018, posté sur PacNet le 21 août 2018.

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 

20 Aug 2018 description

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

17 Aug 2018 description
report WaterAid

It has been the driest start to a summer in over 45 years in the UK. Yet, much of the country had water in reserve when it began, ensuring a continued safe supply for drinking and washing. Millions around the world are not that lucky: despite high rainfall, they go thirsty.

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.

14 Aug 2018 description

Faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 6 août 2018 :

14 Aug 2018 description

Highlights since the last map was sent on PacNet on 6 August 2018