Travel Alert - Zika Virus
A Travel Alert has been issued for South American countries. It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant discuss their travel plans with their health care provider to assess their risk and consider postponing travel to areas where the Zike virus is circulating in the Americas. If travel cannot be postponed then strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed to protect themselves against bites. Fact Sheet (PDF)
More information on Zika virus and countries affected by the alert can be found on the Centre for Disease Control website and the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
Information for Health Professionals
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL
Public Health staff strive to improve protection against communicable disease for people in the health region. Staff investigate diseases transmitted by animals, insects, blood, food, water and respiratory contact.
Staff also investigate community and institutional outbreaks. They provide counselling, group education and immunization.
Underlying health conditions can put certain individuals at increased risk of severe disease. Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has outlined criteria to identify those individuals eligible for immunization at no cost.
Patients undergoing bone marrow / solid organ / stem cell transplants are referred to Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Saskatoon based on the recommendation of their specific transplant team and the Medical Health Officer.