Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 52, ending 29th December, 2013

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Federates States of Micronesia (FSM)
  • Prolonged fever: Northern Marianna Islands
  • Diarrhoea: Pitcairn Islands
  • Acute fever and rash: FSM

Other updates

Zika virus

  • There is an ongoing Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia with several cases hospitalised for neurological conditions. For further information, please refer to Dr Henri-Pierre Mallet’s PacNet posting on 27 December, 2014.


  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 27 December 2013, the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February is 1,434. The hospitalisation rate is 8.4%; there has been one death.
  • As of 8 October, 2013 there have been fifteen confirmed cases of dengue serotype – 3 in Northern Queensland (Port Douglas and Miallo), Australia. Three people have tested positive for Dengue serotype-one in Cairns in the past week.


  • Auckland, New Zealand reports its first measles case since June 2012. The person contracted measles while attending a dance festival in Sydney, Australia in December 2013.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

  • As of 27 December 2013 - WHO has been informed of four additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.
  • Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 170 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 72 deaths.