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Rabies

Several confirmed cases of rabies, in the wild and domestic animal populations, have been reported throughout the Sunrise Health Region. Exposure to rabies is considered to have occurred when the saliva or other potentially infectious material of a rabid animal is introduced into a person through a bite or scratch or by the spraying of saliva or other infectious material on the mucous membranes of an individual. Signs and symptoms of rabies can occur days, weeks or months after exposure.
For more information, click here to read a public service announcement.
Additional rabies information is available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/rabies
Contact information:  
     Sunrise Public Health office at 306-786-0600
     Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811
     Rabies Risk Assessment Veterinarian (RRAV) at 1-844-7-RABIES or RRAV@gov.sk.ca 
     Ministry of Environment toll-free line at 1-800-667-7561
West Nile Virus

Health officials are advising residents to take precautions against mosquito bites, as the risk of West Nile Virus increases in Saskatchewan. The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, and is an annual risk for Saskatchewan residents during the summer months. People are most at risk of exposure to the virus between mid-July and September when Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are most active and present in higher numbers. The risk is highest in the southern portions of the province.

Click here to read the Ministry of Health News Release
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Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage 

North America is currently experiencing a shortage of the vaccine for yellow fever, which may extend until 2018. This shortage of vaccine may affect your travel plans.  If you have not booked your travel, please determine if yellow fever vaccination is required for your trip. Click here to access this information from the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Until this shortage is resolved by the manufacturer, the Sunrise Health Region Public Health Travel Clinic will be carefully managing and monitoring our current supply and implementing guidelines on use of existing vaccine supply.  

Click here for more information.  Click here for "Information for Travellers" provided by Public Health.
 

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can make their way into the cleanest of homes, businesses and even health facilities. While bed bugs are not considered a health hazard, they are prevalent and can travel on the clothing or possessions of people or pets and are a nasty nuisance.

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Zika Virus

Zika is spread mainly through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. These mosquitoes are not found in Canada.

The virus can be spread from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Transmission can also occur through blood transfusion. However, persons in Canada will not be allowed to donate blood for 21 days after returning from travel to a risk area. There are rare reports of Zika virus being sexually transmitted by men.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) 

Pertussis, whooping cough, is a serious and highly contagious infection of the lungs and throat caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Young children who have not been immunized get sicker than older children and adults.

For more information about Pertussis click here
 
Measles (Red Measles, Rubeola) 

Measles is an infection caused by a virus. It tends to be more severe in children than in adults.

Information about Measles click here
Ebola Virus 

Ebola virus disease is a rare and serious viral infection.

Government of Canada - Ebola Virus Information and Resources

  • Ebola does not spread easily from person to person. It is spread from touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick with, or has died from the disease, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

If you have recently travelled to a country where Ebola is present and develop fever or other symptoms of illness within three weeks of return to Canada, call HealthLine 811 or consult a health care provider

Radon Gas Information

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How to test for Radon gas click here
 
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