Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin / Système de Surveillance Syndromique dans le Pacifique Bulletin Hebdomadaire: W27 2017 (Jul 03 - Jul 09)

from World Health Organization
Published on 09 Jul 2017 View Original

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 

Other updates


  • New Caledonia: As of 10 July 2017 there have been 4,353 cases since September 2016. Dengue serotype-1, 2 and have been identified in circulation. The hospitalisation rate is 10% and there have been 11 associated deaths. The weekly number of cases has reduced significantly. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia 
  • The number of dengue cases in Palau continues to rise since an outbreak was declared in November of last year, reaching a total of 329 cases this June 2017. According to the Ministry of Health, 53 cases were recorded in 2016. From January to June of this year, 290 more cases were confirmed. May saw 74 cases and in June, 106 cases were identified. In April and May of this year, three deaths occurred as result of dengue virus infection in patients with preexisting medical conditions. Most reported cases involve persons between ages 10 and 29 with those who are 20-29 years old being the largest age cohort affected. The Palau Ministry of Health is conducting ongoing surveillance and continues to urge residents to exercise preventive measures such as using insect repellent and covering exposed areas of the body to prevent from getting bitten by mosquitoes. Source: Media

Meningococcal meningitis

  • There is cluster of cases in a boarding school in the Eastern division of Fiji including one death. Of these cases Nesseria meningitides group C has been identified. The WHO is procuring meningococcal vaccines to immunize the school population. Source Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Media

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

  • Between 24 June and 3 July 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported three additional cases of MERS-CoV infection, and two deaths among previously reported cases. The MERS-CoV causes severe human infections resulting in high mortality and has demonstrated the ability to transmit between humans. So far, the observed non-sustained human-to-human transmission has occurred mainly in health care settings. Source: WHO