Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 31 May 2022 – World

  • American Samoa: As of May 25, 2022, a total of 6,145 cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths have been reported by the American Samoa Department of Health. – Source: Government of American Samoa accessed May 25, 2022.

  • Australia: As of May 30, 2022, 7,240,295 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 8,469 deaths, have been reported in Australia. Source: Department of Health, Australian Governmentaccessed May 31, 2022.

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI): As of May 23, 2022, 11,333 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths have been reported by the CNMI*. *- Source: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Official Facebook Page accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Cook Islands: As of 29 May 2022, 5,657 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 death have been reported by the Cook Islands Ministry of Health. Source: Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health Cook Islandsaccessed May 31, 2022.

  • Fiji: As of 30 May 2022, 65,007 cases and 864 deaths have been reported in Fiji. Fiji has also recorded 942 COVID-19 positive patients who have died from serious medical conditions unrelated to COVID-19; their doctors determined that COVID-19 did not contribute to their deaths; therefore, these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths. – Source: Official Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services of Fiji accessed May 31, 2022.

  • French Polynesia: As of May 27, 2022, 73,165 cumulative cases and 649 deaths have been reported in French Polynesia. – Source: Directorate of health website consulted on May 31, 2022.

  • Guam: As of May 27, 2022, 48,968 confirmed and probable cases and 363 deaths have been reported by the Guam Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHSS). – Source : Guam Department of Public Health and Human Services website consulted on May 31, 2022.

  • Hawaii: As of May 25, 2022, 274,495 cases of COVID-19 and 1,451 deaths have been reported by the Hawaii Department of Health*.*– Source: State of Hawaii, Department of Health Site consulted on May 31, 2022.

  • Kiribati: As of May 18, 2022, 3,098 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths have been reported by the government of Kiribati. – Source: Official Facebook page of the Office of Te Beretitenti accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Nauru: As of 31 May 2022, 3 imported/quarantined cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the government of Nauru. No local cases have been reported.– Source: Government of Nauru accessed May 31, 2022.

  • New Caledonia: As of May 31, 2022, 62,329 cases of COVID-19 and 313 deaths have been reported by the government of New Caledonia*. * Source: Government of New Caledonia Site consulted on May 31, 2022.

  • New Zealand: As of May 31, 2022, 1,157,308 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,172 deaths have been reported by the New Zealand Ministry of Health*. *- Source : New Zealand Ministry of Health website consulted on May 31, 2022.

  • Niue: As of May 31, 2022, 9 imported cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the government of Niue. No local cases have been reported.– Source: Government of Niue accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Papua New Guinea: As of 26 May 2022, 44,425 confirmed cases and 651 deaths have been reported in PNG. – Source: PApua New Guinea Official COVID-19 Information Site accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Palau: As of May 27, 2022, 5,043 cases of COVID-19 and 6 deaths have been reported by the Republic of Palau. New reported cases have been declined within the past 14 days. The red alert changes to blue on the map. – Source: Ministry of Health and Human Services, Republic of Palau COVID-19 Situation Reportaccessed May 31, 2022.

  • Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI): As of 31 May 2022, 14 imported cases have been reported by the RMI Department of Health and Human Services. No local cases have been reported. – Source:Official Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Social Services of the RMI accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Samoa: As of 28 May 2022, 13,499 cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths have been reported by the Samoan government.* – *Source: Samoa Government Official Facebook Page accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Solomon Islands: As of 10 May 2022, 18,174 cases and 146 deaths have been reported by the Solomon Islands government. – Source: Solomon Islands COVID-19 Dashboard accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Tonga: As of 28 May 2022, 11,644 cases and 12 deaths have been reported by the Ministry of Health. Source: Tonga Ministry of Health Official Facebook Page accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Vanuatu: As of May 29, 2022, 9,043 cases and 14 deaths have been reported by the Ministry of Health.– Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Wallis and Futuna: As of May 31, 2022, 455 cases of COVID-19 and 7 deaths have been reported by the government of Wallis and Futuna. – Source: Official Facebook page of the government of Wallis and Futuna accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Neonatal tetanus in Vanuatu: On May 4, 2022, a suspected case of neonatal tetanus in a 10-day-old newborn was notified by the Pediatric Unit of the Northern Provincial Hospital in Santo to the Provincial Surveillance Officer. On May 11, 2022, the case was reported deceased. For more information, please see the Vanuatu Neonatal Tetanus Situation Report 1 posted on PacNet on May 24, 2022.

  • Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in Australia: As of 25 May 2022, there were 42 human cases (30 confirmed and 12 probable) of JEV in Australia and 5 deaths (Queensland (1), South Australia (1), New South Wales (2) and Victoria (1)). – Source: Australian Government Department of Health accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Monkey Pox in non-endemic countries: As of 26 May 2022, 257 laboratory-confirmed cases and approximately 120 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported to WHO from 23 Member States that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, in four regions of WHO. No deaths have been reported to date. – Source: World Health Organization accessed May 31, 2022.

  • Acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children – Multi-country: 650 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children were reported to WHO by 33 countries in five WHO regions between 5 April and May 26, 2022. The etiology of this severe acute hepatitis remains unknown and under investigation; cases are clinically more severe and a higher proportion develop acute liver failure compared to previous reports of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children. It remains to be established whether and where detected cases are above expected baseline levels. – Source: World Health Organization accessed May 31, 2022.

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