About the Journal

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The Western Pacific Surveillance and Response journal (WPSAR) is an open access, peer reviewed journal on the surveillance of and response to public health events in the Western Pacific Region. WPSAR publishes work on acute or ongoing communicable diseases, natural disasters, food safety, bioterrorism, and chemical and radiological events.

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WPSAR articles are indexed in: PubMed/MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Western Pacific Region IndexMedicus (WPRIM/APAMED central), EBSCO and Google Scholar.

Data in these articles are freely available for unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction, as long as the original work is cited, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO licence


For all enquiries, please contact us at wpsar@who.int

Webinar series on scientific publishing

WPSAR partnered with TEPHINET to present a webinar series, Scientific Publishing for Field Epidemiologists, to celebrate the inaugural World Field Epidemiology Day on 7 September 2021. The webinar series is available as a playlist on the TEPHINET Secretariat YouTube channel. The four sessions are:

  • Session 1: Converting Your Field Epidemiology Work Into a Publishable Article 
  • Session 2: Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission 
  • Session 3: Addressing Reviewer Feedback on Your Manuscript 
  • Session 4: Being a Good Reviewer

Recently Published

Original Research
An outbreak of type B botulism in southern Viet Nam, 2020
Tinh Huu Ho, Ha Phan Ai Nguyen, Nhan Dinh Trong Le, Phuong Hoai Hoang, Ninh Thi Ha and Chinh Van Dang
COVID-19: Brief Report
COVID-19 patients with negative results on initial screening: Experience of Brunei Darussalam
Vui Heng Chong, Justin Wong, Muhammad Syafiq Abdullah, Rosmonaliza Asli, Riamiza Natalie Momin, Siti Nabilah Ahmed, Norhasyimah Tamin, Babu Ivan Mani and Pui Lin Chong

Surveillance Report
Enhanced event-based surveillance for imported diseases during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Ayu Kasamatsu, Masayuki Ota, Tomoe Shimada, Munehisa Fukusumi, Takuya Yamagishi, Anita Samuel, Manami Nakashita, Tomohiko Ukai, Katsuki Kurosawa, Miho Urakawa, Kensuke Takahashi, Keiko Tsukada, Akane Futami, Hideya Inoue, Shun Omori, Miho Kobayashi, Hiroko Komiya, Takahisa Shimada, Sakiko Tabata, Yuichiro Yahata, Hajime Kamiya, Fumi Yoshimatsu, Tomimasa Sunagawa and Tomoya Saito
COVID-19: Original Research
Virological characteristics of cases of COVID-19 in northern Viet Nam, January–May 2020
Hang Khanh Le Nguyen, Son Vu Nguyen, Phuong Mai Vu Hoang, Thanh Thi Le, Huong thi Thu Tran, Long Hai Pham Nguyen, Thai Quang Pham, Thuy Thanh Nguyen, Anh Duc Dang, Anh Phuong Nguyen and Mai thi Quynh Le
COVID-19: Lessons from the Field
Lessons learnt from the first large outbreak of COVID-19 in health care settings in Tasmania, Australia
Fay Johnston, Tara Anderson, Michelle Harlock, Natasha Castree, Louise Parry, Therese Marfori, Michelle McPherson, Mark Veitch, Kylie Smith and Nicola Stephens


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Current Issue

Vol. 13 No. 1 (2022): January ‒ March
Published: 06-01-2022

Original Research

COVID-19: Brief Report

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