Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 12, ending 23rd March, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Federated State of Micronesia
  • Prolonged fever: Fiji

Other updates


  • A dengue serotype-3 outbreak is currently on-going in Vanuatu. As of March 11, 2014 there were 1207 cases; Most of the cases (44%) were between the ages of 15-24 years. Majority of the cases have had mild presentation; 2% of cases had warning signs for severe dengue.
  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 21 March, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February 2013 is 1,840. The number of cases is decreasing: 146 cases in January, 126 cases in February and 78 cases in March so far. There has been one death.
  • As of 26 March, 2014 there have been 139 cases of dengue in New Caledonia since 1 September 2013.There were 24 cases in 2013, 16 cases in January, 58 cases in February and 41 cases in March.

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of 25 March, 2014 there have been 352 confirmed cases of zika virus since 25 November 2013.
  • Since early October, 2013 8,700 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia.
  • Cook Islands reports 252 dengue-like illness cases for week ending 23 Mar 2014. In total there have been 648 cases since 13 February 2014, zika virus has been identified in 49 samples sent to the Louis Malarde Institute, French Polynesia.


  • Samoa is currently experiencing an outbreak of conjunctivitis. For further details, please refer to Dr Saine Vaai’s PACNET posting on 26 March 2014