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Pacific syndromic surveillance report: Week 7, ending 19 February 2017

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The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

· Influenza-like illness: Niue

· Prolonged fever: Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands: As of 12 February 2017 there have been 10,498 cases across all ten (10) provinces since August 2016. A total of 2,917 rapid diagnostic tests (Dengue duo Standard Diagnostics) have been conducted from Week 33, 2016 to Week 6, 2017 and 1,276 (44%) were positive either NS1 or IgM.

A total of 26 suspected dengue cases were admitted to the National Referral Hospital in Week 6 (6 to 12 February, 2017) making the total number of hospitalizations since 15 August 2016 to be 706. Of the admitted cases 63% were individuals below 24 years of age. Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services dengue situation report No. 20

· Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak ongoing with 1,758 cases as of 23 February 2017 (since Nov 2016). Source: Vanuatu MoH

• New Caledonia: As of 21 February 2017 there have been 934 cases since 1 Sep 2016, a health emergency has been declared as a result of the increasing number of cases. Dengue serotype-1 has been confirmed. Source:Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

· There is persistent circulation of dengue serotype-1 in French Polynesia.

Hepatitis A

· As of 17 February 2017 there have been 121 confirmed cases in the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) since September 2016. Majority of the cases were identified in Majuro, the capital, with six cases from outer atolls who contracted the disease while visiting Majuro. Source: RMI Situation Report 17 Feb 2017.