Pacific syndromic surveillance report
Week 17, ending 26 April, 2015
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Tuvalu
- Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Palau
- Influenza-like illness: Nauru
- Prolonged Fever: Tonga, Tuvalu
- Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in American Samoa, Kiribati and Samoa has reduced significantly.
- Cook Islands reports 50 cases in the week to 26 April 2015.Mass clean-up campaign was conducted in Rarotonga on 27 April 2015.
- There have been 276 cases in Marshall Islands as of 30 April since February 2015.
- Dengue outbreak is occurring in the Macuata Province, Northern Health Division, Fiji. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified by the Institut Louis Malarde (ILM), French Polynesia. As of 29 April 2015, there have been 543 confirmed cases of which 437 (80%) are from the Northern Division. The number of cases is decreasing.
- French Polynesia reports 20 cases in the week to 19 April 2015. Dengue serotype-1 has been identified.
- Tonga dengue serotype-3 has been identified by Labplus, Auckland, New Zealand. There have been 7 dengue-like illness cases in the week to 26 April 2015.
- French Polynesia reports 63 cases, including three deaths, from early January to the week to 19 April 2015. There were three new cases in the week to 19 April 2015.
- Vanuatu reports its first case of Zika virus confirmed by the Institut Pasteur, New Caledonia. The case did not have any recent travel history.
- An outbreak is ongoing in Solomon Islands. As of 19 April there have a total of 278 cases since February 2015. There were 17 cases reported in the week to 19 April 2015; 16 cases were from Honiara; 1 case was from Guadalcanal. Samples sent to ILM, French Polynesia at the beginning of the outbreak confirmed 5 cases positive for Zika virus.
Vanuatu –Following Tropical Cyclone Pam
- In the week to 26 April 2015 there has been a general reduction in diarrhoea cases reported and an increase in cases of Influenza-like illness and Prolonged Fever.
- Samples of acute fever and rash cases from Tanna have been sent for measles testing.
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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- There have been a total of 26, 277 cases of EVD in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone , with 10, 884 reported deaths. A total of 22 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea, 0 in Liberia, and 11 in Sierra Leone in the 7 days to 26 April. Liberia reported no confirmed case for the fifth consecutive week.
- To review recent Pacific Ebola updates on PacNet please refer to our web page on the provided link