Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 9, ending 2nd March, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Papua New Guinea (PNG), Cook Islands
  • Influenza like-illness: Fiji
  • Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands
  • Vanuatu: Prolonged fever

Other updates


  • Measles outbreak in Port Moresby, PNG is continuing with an additional two laboratory confirmed cases bringing the total to eight.


  • Since January this year Vanuatu has been experiencing a dengue serotype-3 epidemic with 887 suspected cases as of 25 February 2014. No deaths have been reported.
  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 28 February, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February 2013 is 1,741. There were 245 case in November; 368 cases in December, 146 cases in January and 194 cases in February.
  • As of 6 March, 2014 there have been 101 cases of dengue in New Caledonia since 1 September 2013.There were 24 cases in 2013, 16 cases in January, 57 cases in February and 4 cases in March.
  • The twelve samples of dengue like illness cases from Cook Islands sent for confirmatory/serotyping to the Institut Louis Mallards, (ILM) French Polynesia were negative for Dengue (RT-PCR). For further details please refer to Dr Rangiau Fariu’s PacNet posting yesterday.
  • As of February 28, Fiji reported 9825 of suspected dengue cases of which 3802 were laboratory confirmed. There have been eight deaths one of which was a health worker. Majority of the cases are from the Central division, however they are increasing number of cases seen in the Western and the northern division

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of 5 March, 2014 there have been 171 confirmed cases of zika virus since 25 November 2013. Of these, 139 are locally transmitted cases while the other 32 cases were imported from French Polynesia.
  • Since early October, 2013 8,583 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia.
  • Cook Islands reports one confirmed case of Zika virus from twelve samples of dengue-like illness sent for further testing to the ILM, French Polynesia.


  • Since January, 2014 there have been 25 cases of Leptospirosis in French Polynesia, including nine cases (all of which were hospitalised) in the past two weeks.