National focal points for the International Health Regulations (IHR) and PPHSN EpiNet representatives from the Pacific Island countries and territories gathered in Auckland, New Zealand from 23 to 26 March 2010 to discuss a standard and sustainable syndromic and event-based surveillance system for the Pacific Islands region.
The meeting led to everyone's agreement to implementing a syndromic surveillance system comprising at least four core syndromes with standardised case definitions:
• Acute fever and rash
• Influenza-like illness
• Prolonged fever
Descriptions of the case definitions are detailed in the meeting report and the practical guide.
► Practical Guide for Implementing Syndromic Surveillance in Pacific Island countries and territories
> in word format (499 KB)
> in pdf format (480 KB)developed by WHO, SPC and PPHSN members and partners.
► Final meeting report:
"Meeting for the Pacific IHR National Focal Points and PPHSN-EpiNet Representatives on Syndromic Surveillance
Auckland, New Zealand,
23–26 March 2010