A case of whooping cough reported in Polynesia • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision

A case of whooping cough reported in Polynesia • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision
A case of whooping cough reported in Polynesia • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision

In an epidemic situation in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, whooping cough has broken out in fenua, indicates the latest health surveillance bulletin. This is a 15-year-old person who is not up to date with his vaccinations (reminders at 6 and 11 years old are missing).

Contact persons in the entourage were identified and prophylactic measures were recommended (antibiotic and/or booster vaccination).

Any suspected case must be reported. Confirmation is done by PCR during the first 3 weeks of cough. As a reminder, patients present symptoms of a cold for 12 weeks, with cough and feeling of fatigue and, rarely, fever. Then begins the coughing phase to which the disease owes its name. This is a characteristic cough, long and dry.

End of the flu epidemic in the coming weeks

Since the end of October 2023, two influenza epidemic waves have followed one another. A first of less intensity which began in December 2023, and the current wave which is decreasing.

Until week 24, 358 cases were confirmed, including 169 hospitalizations and 19 intensive care units. All age groups were affected, particularly those over 60 (40%). In addition, 10 deaths from influenza were reported and exclusively concerned people over 60 years old.

The end of the epidemic is anticipated in the coming weeks

Dengue: alert phase still ongoing

In week 24, 2 new cases were reported to the health monitoring office for 29 samples taken, in 2 residents of Tahiti. In week 25, as of June 19, no additional cases were identified. The total number of reported cases remains at 57 since November 27, 2023.

The 57 cases are domiciled in Tahiti (34), Moorea (11), Rangiroa (7), Bora Bora (1) and Fakarava (1). In addition, 3 cases are non-residents of French Polynesia. 3 cases are non-residents of French Polynesia.

All serotyped cases are DENV-2, except 1 case of DENV-1 in W13.

Among all cases, 12 cases are under 20 years old. The average age is 38 years and the median is 37 years.

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