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Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 08 June 2021

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Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 01 June 2021

Dengue

  • DENV-2 in Wallis and Futuna: The DEN-2 outbreak is still ongoing in Futuna. No cases have been reported in Wallis since Week 15. - Source: Personal communication with country official on 08 June 2021.

Leptospirosis

  • French Polynesia: After a peak at the end of April (W16-W17), the number of leptospirosis cases declared has declined sharply for three weeks.; 8 cases were confirmed in weeks 19 and 20. *The red alert is changed to blue on the map. * – Source: Bulletin de surveillance sanitaire de Polynésie française n°10 (period 10/05/2021 to 23/05/2021) sent on Pacnet on 05 June 2021.

Diarrhoea

  • Solomon Islands: The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) surveillance system has triggered an alert following a national surge in diarrhoea cases last week. Six (6) deaths have been reported. Laboratory testing of 15 stool specimens show five (5) positives for Rotavirus on rapid diagnostic test (RDT). *A red alert is added on the map. Source:Ministry Of Health & Medical Services , Solomon Islands accessed on 08 June 2021

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • Australia: As of 07 June 2021, 30,195 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 08 June 2021.

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI): As of 08 June 2021, 183 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 08 June 2021.

  • Cook Islands: One (1) historical case of COVID-19 was reported on 05 June 2021. The case is asymptomatic and non-infectious. – Source: Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health Cook Islands accessed on 08 June 2021.

  • Fiji: As of 07 June 2021, 751 cases and 4 deaths have been reported in Fiji. There have been 681 cases during the current outbreak that started in April 2021. - Source: Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services accessed on 08 June 2021.

  • French Polynesia: As of 04 June 2021, 18,889 cumulative cases and 142 deaths have been reported in French Polynesia. Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. – Source: Direction de la sante accessed on 08 June 2021.

  • Guam: As of 07 June 2021, 8,210 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 08 June 2021.

  • Hawaii: As of 07 June 2021, 36,649 cases of COVID-19 and505 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 08 June 2021.

  • New Caledonia: As of 08 June 2021, 128 COVID-19 cases (including 70 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 08 June 2021.

  • New Zealand: As of 08 June 2021, 2,692 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 26deaths 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 08 June 2021.

  • Palau: As of 31 May 2021, a traveler who arrived on Palau earlier in May came back positive for COVID-19. The traveler had tested negative 72 hours prior to departure, and again on days 7 and 14 while in mandatory quarantine in Palau. After a week of self-monitoring, the traveler tested positive on day 21. Further tests revealed that this is a historical (past infection) case of COVID-19, and it is not infectious. – Source: Republic of Palau Ministry of Health, 31 May 2021, accessed on 01 June 2021.

  • Papua New Guinea: As of 06 June 2021, there have been 16,391 confirmed cases and 164 deaths reported in PNG. Local cases have been reported in the past 14 days. – Source: Papua New Guinea Official COVID-19 Info websiteaccessed on 08 June 2021.

  • Republic of Marshall Island (RMI): As of 08 June 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 08June 2021.

  • Samoa: As of 08 June 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 08 June 2021.

  • Solomon Islands: As of 08 June 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 08 June 2021.

  • Vanuatu: As of 08 June 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 08 June 2021.

  • Wallis and Futuna: As of 07 June 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 cases have been reported for at least 28 days. – Source: Préfet de Wallis-et-Futuna official facebook page accessed on 08 June 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 unknown with travel history to Cook Islands was reported by New Zealand ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 29/05/2021–04/06/2021