Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 7, ending 16th February, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  • Prolonged fever: Palau, Vanuatu, Fiji
  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia

Other updates


  • As of 26 January, 2014 there have been 208 suspected dengue cases in Vanuatu. Of the 208 suspected cases, 130 were tested for dengue and 60 (46%) tested RDT positive. Dengue serotype-3 has been isolated. There have been seven hospital admissions.


  • Since January this year Vanuatu has been experiencing a dengue serotype-3 epidemic with 765 suspected cases as of 18 February 2014. There have been no deaths reported.
  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 14 February, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February 2013 is 1,691. The monthly number of cases is decreasing with: 245 case in November; 368 cases in December, 146 cases in January and 55 cases in February.
  • As of 19 February, 2014 there have been 69 cases of dengue in New Caledonia since 1 September 2013.There were 24 cases in 2013, 16 cases in January and 29 cases in February.

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of19 February, 2014 there have been eighty-seven confirmed cases of zika virus since 25 November 2013. Of these, fifty six are locally transmitted cases while the other thirty-one cases were imported from French Polynesia
  • Since early October, 2013 8,400 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia.


  • A 3-year old girl has been diagnosed with polio in Kabul, Afghanistan the capital's first case since 2001. The health ministry ordered a vaccination campaign across the capital after the case was diagnosed.