Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 8, ending 23rd February, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Fiji, Cook Islands, Palau
  • Influenza like-illness: Fiji
  • Diarrhoea: Samoa, Solomon Islands, American Samoa

Other updates


  • Since January this year Vanuatu has been experiencing a dengue serotype-3 epidemic with 865 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 21 February, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February 2013 is 1,724. The monthly number of cases is decreasing with: 245 case in November; 368 cases in December, 146 cases in January and 88 cases in February.
  • As of 19 February, 2014 there have been 92 cases of dengue in New Caledonia since 1 September 2013.There were 24 cases in 2013, 16 cases in January and 52 cases in February.
  • As of 28 February 2014, several dengue outbreaks have been occurring in Queensland, Australia. Dengue serotype-3 outbreak is currently on-going in Miallo/Port Douglas with 17 lab confirmed cases since October 2013. Dengue serotype-1 is occurring in Cairns/Innisfail with 103 lab confirmed cases since December 2013; and five cases in Townsville since 30 January 2014.
  • As of 16 February 2014, Fiji has 6659 suspected dengue cases of which 2589 (39%) were tested RDT positive.
  • Cook Islands health officials are waiting for results of 44 cases of people presenting with dengue like symptoms.

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of 26 February, 2014 there have been 140 confirmed cases of zika virus since 25 November 2013. Of these, 108 are locally transmitted cases while the other 32 cases were imported from French Polynesia.
  • Since early October, 2013 8,503 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia.

Flash flooding

  • Fiji’s Central division was the worst affected by flash flooding due to adverse weather conditions in the last few days. As a result over 500 people have been accommodated in evacuation centres around the division that is currently where the majority of dengue cases are occurring.