The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released its latest map of epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific. The map shows that there are currently no active outbreaks of disease in the region, but there are a number of countries where cases of influenza and COVID-19 are being monitored.
Epidemic and Emerging Disease Alerts in the Pacific as of 1 August 2023
In Palau, cases of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) are below thresholds, but there has been a slight increase in the number of influenza B cases. In Samoa, the number of ILI cases has decreased since week 2, but there are still a significant number of cases being reported.
In Vanuatu, there have been a number of cases of leptospirosis reported, but the number of new cases has not passed the threshold to declare an outbreak. In New Zealand and Australia, there have been a number of cases of monkeypox reported, but the number of cases is still relatively low.
The SPC is urging countries in the region to continue to monitor the situation and to take steps to prevent the spread of disease. This includes ensuring that people are vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19, and that they are aware of the symptoms of these diseases.
The full map of epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific can be found on the SPC website.