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Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 19 November 2018

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Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 12 November 2018

  • Meningococcal disease: There has been a significant increase in Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W (MenW) in New Zealand since mid-2017. Between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, there were 12 cases of MenW reported, including three deaths. This number has doubled to date for 2018, with 24 cases reported so far (as of 5 November), including six deaths. The Northland region has been the most affected in 2018, with seven of the 24 cases reported in this region, including four cases in September and October. This particular strain of MenW (sequence type ST11) affects all age groups and is associated with a high case-fatality rate. – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health website - Meningococcal disease: Information for general practitioners and emergency departments – 13 November 2018

  • Polio in Papua New Guinea: One new case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) was recently reported from East Sepik province, Angoram district, with onset of paralysis on 26 September. The total number of cases in the country in 2018 is now 22. – Source: Polio Global Eradication Initiative – Polio weekly country updates as of 13 November 2018 available online