Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 6, ending 9th February, 2014

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: Northern Marianna Islands
  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia
  • Prolonged fever: Fiji

Other updates

Dengue

  • Vanuatu is experiencing a dengue serotype-3 epidemic with 613 suspected cases as of 12 February 2014.
  • French Polynesia is currently facing a dengue serotype-1 and serotype-3 epidemic. As of 7 February, 2014 the total number of positive cases of dengue reported since February 2013 is 1,656: 245 case in November; 368 cases in December, 146 cases in January and 20 cases in February
  • As of 6 February, 2014 there have been 48 cases of dengue in New Caledonia since 1 September 2013. Of the 48 cases, 32 are indigenous cases and those typed have dengue serotype-1. Of the 15 imported cases. 11 have been typed and gave the following results: - Five are dengue serotype-3 (Vanuatu -4, French Polynesia-1) - Six are dengue serotype-1 (French Polynesia-3, Indonesia-1, Dominican Republic-1, and Vanuatu-1).
  • The Fiji Ministry of Health is urging the public to treat all dengue warnings seriously. Three deaths have been recorded. Dengue serotype-3 has been isolated. http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2014/02/12/heed-dengue-advice-minister/

Zika virus

  • New Caledonia – As of11 February, 2014 there have been sixty-three confirmed cases of zika virus since 25 November 2013. Of these, thirty-two are locally transmitted cases while the other thirty-one cases were imported from French Polynesia.
  • Since early October, 2013 8,200 suspected cases of zika were reported by health professionals sentinel network in French Polynesia.
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