WPSAR Issue 14.4 published


The Editorial Team of Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR) is pleased to announce the publication of our Q4 issue for 2023, Volume 14 Issue 4. To view the new issue, please click here: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/issue/view/77

In this issue, we celebrate the adoption of the Asia Pacific Health Security Action Framework at the Regional Committee Meeting in October 2023, as well as the achievement of WPSAR's first impact factor, with an Editorial piece by the WPSAR Editorial Team announcing an expanded journal scope. In support of the adopted Framework, beginning in 2024, WPSAR will publish articles on all aspects of health security in response to public health events and emergencies, especially activities related to prevention, preparedness, readiness, response and recovery in the Western Pacific Region. Please see the Editorial linked below for full details.

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.


WPSAR after 14 volumes: achievements and future directions
by the WPSAR Editorial Team

Brief Report
Population compliance with COVID-19 directions in December 2021, Queensland, Australia
by Marguerite Dalmau et al.

Field Investigation Report
Use of a catch-up programme to improve routine immunization in 13 provinces of Papua New Guinea, 2020–2022
by Dessie Ayalew Mekonnen et al.

Original Research
Circulation of human respiratory syncytial virus and new ON1 genotype in northern Viet Nam, 2017–2020
by Ung Thi Hong Trang et al.
Epidemiology of latent tuberculosis infection in Japan-born and foreign-born children in Japan
by Saori Kasuya et al.
Pathogens detected from patients with acute respiratory infections negative for SARS-CoV-2, Saitama, Japan, 2020
by Kodai Miyashita et al.
COVID-19 clusters in Malaysia: characteristics, detection methods and modes of early transmission
by Zen Yang Ang et al.

The WPSAR Editorial Team