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Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 25 May 2021

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Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 17 May 2021

Dengue

  • DENV-2 in New Caledonia: An increasing number of dengue cases have been notified in New Caledonia since the beginning of the year: 97 cases (63 DENV-2 cases) were reported between 01 January 2021 and 18 May 2021. – Source: New Caledonia Department of Health and Social Affairs website: Dengue Situation as of 18 May 2021, accessed on 25 May 2021.

Leptospirosis

  • French Polynesia: An increasing number of leptospirosis cases has been notified in French Polynesia since the end of April; 20 cases were confirmed in weeks 17 and 18. – Source: Bulletin de surveillance sanitaire de Polynésie française n°9 (period 26/04/2021 to 09/05/2021) sent on Pacnet on 21 May 2021.

·**New Caledonia:** An increasing number of leptospirosis cases has been notified in New Caledonia since the beginning of the year: 190 cases and 3 deaths were reported between 01 January 2021 and 18 May 2021, in comparison to 69 cases reported last year (total cases reported in 2020).– – Source: Leptospirosis Situation as of 18 May 2021 on 25 May 2021.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • Australia: As of 24 May 2021, 30,021 confirmed cases of COVID-19including 910 deaths were reported in Australia. Local cases have been reported in the last 14 days.– Source: Department of Health, Australian Government accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI): As of 21 May 2021, 181 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths were reported by CNMI. There has been no new local case reported for more than 42 days. - Source: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation official facebook page accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Fiji: As of 25 May 2021, 248 cases and 4 deaths have been reported in Fiji. There are currently 109 active cases. - Source: Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • French Polynesia: As of 21 May 2021, 18,844 cumulative cases and 141 deaths have been reported in French Polynesia. Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. – Source: Direction de la sante accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Guam: As of 24 May 2021, 8,136 confirmed and probablecases and 139 deaths were reported by Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS). Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. – Source : Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Kiribati: As of 20 May 2021, two (2) cases have been identified aboard a ship that arrived from Papua New Guinea. The two cases, an I-Kiribati and foreigner, are being quarantined offshore aboard a reefer ship. The ship is being guarded and monitored by a local fishing vessel Nei Kaneati with police officers onboard. – Source: Radio Kiribati accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Hawaii: As of 24 May 2021, 35,901 cases of COVID-19 and 496 deaths were reported by Hawaii Department of Health. Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days . – Source : State of Hawaii, Department of Health accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • New Caledonia: As of 24 May 2021, 126 COVID-19 cases (including 68 cases since 07 March 2021) have been reported by the New Caledonia Government*.* There has been no local case reported for at least 42 days.– Source: - Government of New Caledonia accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • New Zealand: As of 25 May 2021, 2,669 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths were reported by New Zealand Ministry of Health. There has been no local case reported for more than 42 days. – Source : New Zealand Ministry of Health accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Papua New Guinea: As of 24 May 2021, there have been 15,187 confirmed cases and 156 deaths reported in PNG. Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. – Source: Papua New Guinea Official COVID-19 Info websiteaccessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Republic of Marshall Island (RMI): As of 12 May 2021, 4 imported cases have been reported by Ministry of Health and Human Service. There has been no local case reported. - Source:RMI Ministry of Health and Human Services official facebook page, accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Samoa: As of 25 May 2021, 1 imported COVID-19 case has been reported by the Samoan Government. There has been no local case reported. – Source: WHO COVID-19 Pacific Islands Situation Report accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Solomon Islands: As of 3 May 2021, 20 imported cases have been confirmed by the Solomon Islands government. There has been no local case reported. – Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services official facebook page accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Vanuatu: As of 17 May 2021, 3 imported cases have been reported by the Vanuatu Government. There has been no local case reported. – Source: Health Promotions Vanuatu facebook post accessed on 25 May 2021.

  • Wallis and Futuna: As of 21 May 2021, 454 COVID-19 cases (including 445 cases since 06 March 2021) and 7 deaths have been reported by the Wallis and Futuna Government. No local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. The red alert is changed to blue on the map. – Source: Préfet de Wallis-et-Futuna official facebook page accessed on 25 May 2021.

MORE information and data visualization products on COVID-19 morbidity, mortality and vaccination in the Pacific Islands can be accessed on SPC website at https://www.spc.int/updates/blog/2021/03/covid-19-pacific-community-updates.

Outside of the Pacific

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

  • One (1) imported case of dengue serotype 2 with travel history to Cook Islands was reported by New Zealand ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 15/05/2021–21/05/2021