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Pacific syndromic surveillance report: Week 5, ending 5 February 2017


The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia

· Prolonged fever: Niue

Other updates:


· Solomon Islands: As of 29 January 2017 there have been 9,699 cases across all ten (10) provinces since August 2016. A total of 2,566 rapid diagnostic tests (Dengue duo Standard Diagnostics) have been conducted from Week 33, 2016 to Week 4, 2017 and 1109 (43%) were positive either NS1 or IgM.

A total of 61 suspected dengue cases were admitted to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Week 4 (22 to 29 January, 2017) making the total number of hospitalizations since 15 August 2016 to be 630. Of the admitted cases 63% were individuals below 24 years of age.

A total of 12 deaths have been associated with this outbreak from October, 2016 to January, 2017. Eleven (11) of the deaths were reported from NRH and one (1) was from Good Samaritan Hospital. The majority of the deaths (7/12) were aged 50 years and above.

Overall data suggest that the number of suspected dengue cases is on a possible downward trend. However, there is still need for ongoing surveillance for a few more weeks to see if this trend will be maintained.

· Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak ongoing with 1,485 cases as of 9 February 2017 (since Nov 2016). An average of 200 new cases have been reported per week for the past six weeks. Source: Vanuatu MoH

• New Caledonia – As of 3 February 2017 there have been 555 cases since 1 Sep 2016. The number of cases reported is increasing. Dengue serotype-1 has been confirmed. Source:Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia