Epidemiological and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific region as of 12 September 2023 – World


Highlights/updates since the last map was submitted Backnet On 05 September 2023:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19):

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19 testing, vaccination and reporting strategies across the Pacific region, the data reported may not reflect the true situation in a number of countries.

  • Palau: As of 08 Sep 2023, 6 new cases have been reported from 25 August to 08 September 2023. There has been a decrease in the number of cases reported since 11 August with 53 new cases, to 15 new cases on 25 August and 6 new cases. Cases in recent report Moreover, cases diagnosed through the syndromic surveillance system are also decreasing. as a result of, The COVID-19 blue alert has been removed. –Source: Palau COVID-19 Situation Report, accessed September 12, 2023.

other information:


  • New Caledonia: As of 12 September 2023, health authorities in New Caledonia have raised awareness about the significant rise in COVID-19 cases. Last week, 118 coronavirus tests were conducted, with the result positive in four out of ten cases. This is a higher rate than the rest of the year, when only about fifty tests are performed each week. — Source: Covid-19: The house is home – Nouvelle-Calédonie la 1ère (francetvinfo.fr) accessed September 12, 2023.

Outbreak of diarrhea

  • Fiji: As of 10 September 2023, the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, in collaboration with the Fiji Water Authority and the Ministry of Rural Development, Marine and Disaster Management, has confirmed an outbreak of diarrheal disease in the Balifutu District, specifically in the Nasashi settlement. . The outbreak has seen a surge in cases in the past two weeks, prompting referrals to Aspen Hospital and quick action by authorities. The Ministry of Health has recorded more than 60 cases of diarrhea, with 12 admissions so far. –Source: Government of Fiji Accessed September 12, 2023.

Legionnaires’ disease

  • Western Australia: As of 4 September 2023, the Western Australian Department of Health is warning the public of the risk of Legionnaires’ disease when they return to their gardens during the upcoming warm weather. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, which can occur when a person breathes in contaminated water droplets or dust. Legionella bacteria. Since 2020, a total of 156 Legionnaires’ disease notifications have been made, including 97 cases requiring hospitalization and two deaths. Source: Spring carries Legionnaires’ disease warning (health.wa.gov.au) accessed 04 September 2023.



  • New South Wales – Australia: The NSW Department of Health recorded 25 cases of listeriosis in the population in 2023, higher than the usual annual number, prompting a warning to stay away from dangerous foods to protect those with underlying health conditions, including cancer, diabetes or heart conditions. Or liver or kidney disease. And those who take medications that affect immunity such as corticosteroids. – Source: NSW community urged to be alert amid rising listeriosis rates – News accessed 12 September 2023.

Flu-like illness

  • Federated States of Micronesia, Yap State: At week 36, there was a decrease in reported influenza-like illness (ILI) cases, but the number of cases was still above the alert threshold. Recent laboratory results have identified cases of enterovirus/rhinovirus and influenza A subtype 2009 H1. – Source: Yap Weekly Surveillance Report Week 34 accessed Sep 12, 2023.

Outside the Pacific:

Dengue fever

  • Singapore: Singapore has reported more than 6,200 cases of dengue as of 5 September 2023, with concern growing over the emergence of dengue virus serotype 1 (DENV-1), which has replaced the previously dominant serotype 3 (DENV-3). – Source: National Environment Agency (nea.gov.sg) accessed September 12, 2023.

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