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Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin / Système de Surveillance Syndromique dans le Pacifique - Bulletin Hebdomadaire: W44 2018 (Oct 29-Nov 04)

Situation Report
Originally published


The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

  • Fiji: As of 21 October there have been 8 cases since 1 January 2018. There have been 6 deaths; 90% of the cases are less than 19 years of age. The most recent case confirmed case was on Week ending 23 September. Of the 28 samples sent to Microbiological Diagnostic unit Public Health Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia for serogrouping; 22(79%) were Meningococcal group C and 6 (21.%) were Meningococcal group B. Mass vaccination of all those aged 1- 19 years is ongoing. Source: Fiji Meningococcal Disease update 2 Nov 2018.


  • Wallis and Futuna has ongoing dengue serotype-2. As of 6 November there have been 222 cases since November 2017. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further updates please refer to Dr Patrick Lambruschini’s PacNet post on 6 November 2018.


  • Three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) were reported from Jiwaka province, Gulf province and Southern Highlands province in PNG, with dates of onset of paralysis on 20 August, 29 August and 8 September , respectively.

  • As of 30 October the total number of cases 21 since June 2018.

  • Three new cVDPV1 positive environmental samples were reported from the Capital city, Port Moresby, all collected on 1 October. Source: Polio Global Eradiaction Initiative