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Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin / Système de Surveillance Syndromique dans le Pacifique - Bulletin Hebdomadaire: W49 2021 (Dec 06-Dec 12)

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Acute Fever and Rashes ( AFR) : Tonga & Fiji.

Influenza-like Illness (ILI)

PSSS, EPI - WK 49, 2021 Influenza-like Illness (ILI) cases compared to WK 48, 2021 ILI cases are as tabulated as below for comparison. For an added perspective on the figures and trends percentage, country sentinel sites reporting for WKs 48 & 49 are also shown.

  • Actual increases in the number of ILI cases is seen in Vanuatu, CNMI and Palau for the week. The increase seen Fiji may be due to the increased number of sites reported for the week.
  • A reduction of ILI cases were seen in Niue, RMI and New Caledonia. The decrease seen Solomon Islands may be due to the decreased number of sites reported for the week.
  • No changes were seen to the number of ILI cases in Wallis & Futuna and Cook Islands for the week.
  • Nil ILI cases were reported for the week from the Niue and Pitcairn Islands.
  • No reports were available from French Polynesia, FSM, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati for the week.
  • American Samoa, Guam and Nauru have not participated in the surveillance.
  • Surveillance figures are not intended to capture all country cases but to describe trends over time and are invaluable when trends rise beyond country baselines which should then trigger alerts and timely actions to characterize the actual nature and magnitude of the disease.
  • Maintaining surveillance of influenza and monitoring SARS-CoV-2 adapting Global Influenza
  • Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and sentinel systems during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interim guidance WHO guidelines for the implementation of the Influenza and SARS-- CoV-2 Multiplex RT-PCR Assay into the influenza and COVID-19 integrated surveillance Refer here

SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Illness)

  • Severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) as reported from sentinel surveillance (2/18) sites through PSSS.


  • As of December 16, 2021 a total of 273,175,989 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed including 5,351,919 (2%) deaths and 245,270,225 (98%) recoveries from 215 Countries and Territories. Out of this, currently 22,464,535 (99.6%) are mild cases and 89,310 (0.4%) are serious cases.
  • As of December 16, 2021, in the Western Pacific Region, there were 10,705,210 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 149,376 deaths.
  • Pacific Island Countries COVID-19 situation report as follows: