Inform'ACTION n°35

                                       May / mai 2012

ISSN 1029-3396

© Copyright SPC 2012

 Information for action / Information pour action

Inform'ACTION is the bilingual bulletin of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) produced by the Surveillance and Operational Research Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). It contains news and information about public health surveillance activities in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The first priorities of the PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones.

Produced at SPC (Noumea) with the support of New Zealand Aid Programme and France

Complete publication in PDF (2.6 MB)  + Supplement in PDF (527 KB)

 Previous issues of Inform'ACTION

On-line version with articles downloadable separately
[click on each pdf links)


  Articles in pdf


Surveillance & Response

Samoa Influenza H3N2 Outbreak, August 2011
Toleafoa Take Naseri

Health surveillance for the XIV Pacific Games - NC 2011
Martine Noel

Using PPHSN for regional surveillance of health events during the 14th Pacific Games: mixed results
Pascal Frison

Legionella and legionellosis (legionnaires' disease) in New Caledonia, 2005-2010
Florence Urbès, Régis Goursaud and Éric D'Ortenzio

The Pacific responds to STIs: progress made (2008-2011)
Ian Wanyeki, Sophaganine Ty-Ali and Tebuka Toatu

Developing sustainable influenza surveillance networks in the Pacific
Salanieta Elbourne Duituturaga and Pascal Frison

Influenza diagnosis - from rapid testing to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in the Pacific
Salanieta Elbourne Duituturaga

Sensitivity and specificity of rapid diagnostic tests and immunofluorescence assay for influenza
Anthony Kolbe



Second workshop for the three French Pacific Territories to share information and experience on common health issues
Pascal Frison


In Brief
Ciguatera fish poisoning in the Pacific Islands (1998 to 2008)
Abstract and reference

New SPC staff

Strategic Health Communication training workshop for French Pacific Territories



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A treasure trove of Pacific Island experience

As usual, this issue of Inform’ACTION features articles on public health practitioners’ realities in Pacific Island States and Territories. These precious contributions, which have filled the columns of Inform’ACTION since its inception in July 1998, represent a very valuable store of specific Pacific Island public health experience and practice in many areas (supplement attached).

Doctor Toleafoa Take Naseri of Samoa describes an H3N2 influenza epidemic that was detected in August 2011 through the syndromic surveillance system, introduced in that country a few months previously, and through an influenza confirmation mechanism. The latest progress in influenza surveillance and diagnostic techniques also features in this issue.

The surveillance and response section continues with an article by Doctor Martine Noel of New Caledonia, who describes the prevention, surveillance and response activities pursued as part of the 14 Pacific Games in New Caledonia in August-September 2011. Her article also presents the results of health surveillance work and the difficulties encountered in coordinating the various activities. The use of PPHSN in regional surveillance during the 14th Games is also referred to.

Legionellosis, a topic never previously addressed in Inform’ACTION, is covered in an article prepared by our colleagues from the New Caledonia Pasteur Institute, in which they describe their method of identifying Legionella bacteria in the environment and the biological diagnosis approach taken in suspected cases, as well as the results of research carried out in New Caledonia. They refer also to research they have conducted in Vanuatu and Wallis-and-Futuna. In this connection, we thought there was merit in including an overview of the European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network. We would encourage you to notify this network of any case of disease detected in any Pacific Island State or Territory in persons normally resident in a European Union member State.

You will also find in this issue a report on progress in STI control in the Pacific, as well as a summary of an article on ciguatera in the Pacific Islands, another topic never previously tackled in Inform’ACTION.

Lastly, it is our pleasure to introduce two new colleagues, Ian Wanyeki and Tebuka Toatu, who have joined SPC recently. Also included is some information on a workshop and training course on strategic communication in health held in Noumea for the three French  Pacific Territories.

We wish you a thoroughly enjoyable read. Please do not hesitate to send us your comments or any information or experience that you wish to share with your PPHSN colleagues.

Christelle Lepers
Surveillance Information and Communication Officer, SPC


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