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Pacific syndromic surveillance report: Week 10, ending on 8 March 2015

Situation Report
Originally published


The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu
  • Diarrhoea: Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: New Caledonia, Palau, Tonga

Other updates:


  • Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Cook Islands, Kiribati. Outbreaks in American Samoa, French Polynesia and Samoa are waning.
  • Cook Islands: 138 cases were reported since November 2014 to 4 March 2015.
  • As of 8 March 2015 Samoa has seen a total of 4,524 cases since 21 July 2014. For more information please refer to Dr Tile Ah Leong-Lui’s PacNet post on 9 March 2015.


  • Dengue outbreaks are occurring in Fiji (dengue serotype-2) and Tonga.


  • There are measles outbreaks occurring in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
  • Solomon Islands: The number of suspected measles cases have declined as of 1st March 2015. There were 16 AFR samples for laboratory confirmation and all tested negative for both measles and rubella.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

  • There have been over 24 247 cases of EVD in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with over 9961 reported deaths (outcomes for many cases are unknown) as of 11 March 2015.
  • A total of 116 new confirmed cases were reported in the week to 8 March . Guinea reported 58 new confirmed cases. Cases were clustered in an area. . Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, with 58 new confirmed cases.
  • To review recent Pacific Ebola updates on PacNet please refer to our web page on the provided link Ebola resources for PICs