Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 3, ending 19th Janurary, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Palau, Vanuatu
  • Diarrhoea: Northern Marianna Islands

Other updates

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of 19 January, 2014 there have been twenty-seven confirmed cases of Zika virus since 25 November 2013. Of these, one is the first locally transmitted case while the other twenty-six cases were imported from French Polynesia. Please refer to PacNet posting by Dr Jean-Paul Grangeon earlier today (January 23, 2014).
  • Since early October, 7218 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia. For further information please refer to Dr Henri-Pierre Mallet’s PacNet posting earlier today (January 23, 2014).


  • Dengue serotype three has been detected in Vanuatu samples that were sent to Institute Pasteur in New Caledonia. As of 19 January 2014 there have been twenty RDT positive cases, two cases were hospitalised, there have been no deaths.
  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 17 January, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February is 1,583: 245 case in November, and 368 cases in December and 61 cases in January.
  • There have been two dengue serotype-3 cases imported from Vanuatu in New Caledonia. The first case occurred on 31 December, 2013, the second on 22 January, 2014.
  • There is currently a dengue serotype-3 outbreak occurring in Kiribati. As of 16 January 2014 there have been 198 suspected dengue cases, of those 85 (43%) tested positive.
  • As of 16 January 2014, there have been a total of 1039 RDT dengue cases in Fiji since 30 October 2013. Dengue serotype-3 has been isolated. A nation-wide clean-up campaign is in progress to remove and destroy aedes mosquito breeding sites.

Cyclone Ian

  • Tonga - The island of Ha’pai was badly affected by the Tropical Cyclone Ian two weeks ago that resulted in one death. Following natural disasters, there is a tendency for increased morbidity due to communicable diseases.