WPSAR Issue 14.2 published


The Editorial Team of Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR) is pleased to announce the publication of our Q2 issue for 2023, Volume 14 Issue 2! To view the new issue, please click here: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/issue/view/74

We would like to thank the authors of these excellent papers for their diligence in reporting the results of their public health surveillance and response activities for the benefit of all in the Western Pacific Region. We also extend our thanks to all peer reviewers who took the time to ensure the quality of submissions, as well as our Associate Editors, Copyeditors and Proofreaders. Finally, we deeply thank all of our readers for their continued support, without whom this publication would not be possible.

If you have an idea for an article, please feel free to consult us by emailing wpsar@who.int.


Field Investigation Report
Epidemiology of COVID-19 cases and vaccination coverage in Seremban District, Malaysia, 2021
by Khairul Hafidz Alkhair Khairul Amin et al.

Outbreak Investigation Report
School outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in Northern Luzon, Philippines, October 2022
by Emeryn C Victori et al.

Original Research
Antimicrobial use in patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection: a cross-sectional study
by Roanne J Dominguez et al.

Regional Analysis
COVID-19 vaccine-related adverse events following immunization in the WHO Western Pacific Region, 2021–2022
by Ananda Amarasinghe et al.

Lessons from the Field
Involvement and readiness of fellows from Papua New Guinea’s Field Epidemiology Training Programme in the COVID-19 response, 2020–2021
by James A Flint et al.
Ensuring access to COVID-19 therapeutics in Pacific island countries and areas
by Gereltuya Dorj et al.
Responding to COVID-19 vaccine-related safety events: WHO Western Pacific regional experience and lessons learned
by Heeyoun Cho et al.


The WPSAR Editorial Team