Pacific syndromic surveillance report
Week 46, ending 17th November, 2013
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
- Influenza like-illness: Guam, FSM, Solomon Islands, Samoa
- Prolonged fever: French Polynesia, FSM
- Acute Fever and Rash: Papua New Guinea, FSM, Northern Marianna Islands
- New Caledonia has diagnosed an additional case of Chikungunya bringing the total to thirty-one cases this year.
- Chikungunya outbreak in Yap state, FSM continues with 799 suspected cases as of 19 November, 2013. For further details, please refer to Dr Hancock’s PacNet posting on 19 November.
- Victoria, Australia - Five cases have been diagnosed with measles after returning from Bali over the past 5 weeks, prompting warnings for people to be vaccinated before travelling to Indonesia. The five have passed on the disease to a further three people in Victoria.
- French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 19 November 2013, the total number of positive cases of dengue reported in February is 1002 .The number of monthly cases is increasing: 148 cases in September, 343 cases in October and 132 cases in in November.
- There is currently a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia. The total number of cases is estimated to be several thousands. Clinical manifestation has been mild.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
- As of 18 November 2013, WHO has been informed of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV from Kuwait. Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 157 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 66 deaths.
- Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns.