The Government of Saskatchewan extends deepest condolences to all the families and friends of those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.  Support services and resources are available

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Novel Respiratory Virus: Information for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control use the following as the definition of emerging infectious disease:

  • New infections resulting from changes or evolution of existing organisms (i.e. novel organisms);
  • Known infections spreading to new geographic areas or populations;
  • Previously unrecognized infections appearing in areas undergoing ecologic transformation;
  • Old infections reemerging as a result of antimicrobial resistance in known agents or breakdowns in public health measures. 

Novel influenza and MERS-CoV

The World Health Organization is closely monitoring novel and emerging respiratory infections.

  • Influenza at the human-animal interface - Influenza viruses circulating in animals pose threats to human health. Humans can become ill when infected with viruses from animal sources, such as avian or swine influenza virus subtypes. 

The risk of transmission of novel influenza virus (such as avian influenza A (H7N9) or novel coronavirus) is currently low in Canada. However, it is important that all health care providers are aware of the steps to identify, diagnose, and treat persons who may be infected with these viruses.

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