Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 14 January 2020

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from Pacific Community
Published on 14 Jan 2020

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 06 January 2020

Measles

  • Samoa: As of 06 January 2020, 5,697 measles cases and 83 measles related deaths have been reported in Samoa. The number of measles cases is declining. The alert has been changed from red to blue. - Source: Government of Samoa, 06 January 2020.

  • Fiji: Measles virus circulation is ongoing. There are 28 confirmed cases of measles reported in the Central Division of Fiji as of 10 January 2020. The alert has been changed from red to blue. - Source: Media article from FBC accessed on 10 January 2020.

  • American Samoa: Measles virus circulation is ongoing. There are 11 confirmed cases of measles reported in American Samoa as of 09 January 2020. The alert has been changed from red to blue. - Source: Media article from RNZ accessed on 09 January 2020.

  • Tonga: As of 09 January 2020, 630 confirmed or suspected measles cases have been identified in Tonga. - Source: Ministry of Health Tonga, Situation Report number 13, sent on Pacnet on 13 January 2020.

  • Australia, Queensland: Measles alerts are still ongoing in Gold Coast Health. No new measles cases have been reported in other locations since 24 December 2019. The alert has been changed from red to blue. - Source: Queensland Health accessed on 14 January 2020.

  • New Zealand: There have been 2190 confirmed measles cases from 01 January 2019 to 08 January 2020 in New Zealand. - Source: Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora accessed on 13 January 2020.

  • Kiribati: There have been 3 confirmed measles cases reported in Kiribati as of 13 January 2020. – Source: Personal communication with country officials on 10 January 2020.

  • Papua New Guinea (PNG): There have been 3 confirmed measles cases reported in Papua New Guinea. – Source: Media article from Post Courier accessed on 08 January 2020.

Diarrhoea

  • Kiribati: Rotavirus RDT-positive cases have been reported in Kiribati . Samples have been referred for further confirmation. – Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Kiribati, 14 January 2020.

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

  • One (1) imported case of dengue type 1 (DENV-1) with travel history to Cook Islands was reported by New Zealand ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 04/01/2020 – 10/01/2020.

Outside of the Pacific

  • On 11 and 12 January, 41 cases with novel coronavirus infection have been preliminarily diagnosed in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. There has been one death reported in a patient with underlying health conditions. - Source: World Health Organization accessed on 13 January 2020.

  • A confirmed novel coronavirus case was reported in Thailand. The case was a traveler from Wuhan, China, and was identified by Thai officials on 8 January 2020. – Source: World Health Organization accessed on 14 January 2020.