Public Health Alerts

Public Health Alerts

Health alerts such as outbreaks, boil water advisories and product recalls can come from various trusted sources throughout the Province of British Columbia, in your local Health Authority area, and right across Canada. This section of our website brings together all of these alerts in one location.

Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into topics with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

We have highlighted the most recent alerts from all regions and sources in British Columbia, to ensure you have quick access to the latest public information that may affect you and your family. For food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts issues by Government of Canada agencies, visit the Across Canada tab. For information on air quality, forest fires, food inspections and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts RSS

March 4, 2024

​With measles outbreaks being reported internationally and spring break on the horizon, the provincial health officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and public health officials are reminding people in British Columbia to check their vaccination records before travelling to ensure they are protected.

March 4, 2024

Spring Break is coming up and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) experts are advising travellers not to forget their travel vaccines before heading out on holidays.

March 4, 2024

With measles outbreaks being reported internationally and spring break on the horizon, the provincial health officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and public health officials are reminding people in British Columbia to check their vaccination records before travelling to ensure they are protected.

February 29, 2024

There has been an increase in overdoses in Prince George. Overdoses may be linked to a brown and pink substance sold as DOWN, both testing positive for high concentrations of fentanyl and benzodiazepines causing sudden overdose and requiring a higher number of naloxone dosages.

February 28, 2024

Clear crystal shards sold as methamphetamine in Vancouver tested positive for ketamine and negative for methamphetamine.

February 21, 2024

*** Island Health - Overdose Advisory NANAIMO - February 21, 2024*** Overdoses are increasing in Nanaimo. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

February 16, 2024

Interior Health has issued a DRUG ALERT for Cranbrook after multiple samples of down containing benzodiazepine and high concentrations of fentanyl.

February 15, 2024

Interior Health (IH) is reminding parents about the importance of childhood immunizations while making it easier for families to get caught up, as many children are unimmunized or under-immunized.

February 14, 2024

Interior Health has issued a DRUG ALERT for Vernon after a substance sold as DOWN is actually undiluted fentanyl.

February 13, 2024

The new cervix self-screening test is here, and we've got answers to some of your questions about these at-home tests. ​

Ministry of Health RSS

The Ministry of Health works with health authorities, health care providers, agencies and other organizations to guide and improve the Province's health services to ensure that British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and better their health. Below is the latest public health-related news released by the Ministry of Health.

March 4, 2024
With measles outbreaks being reported internationally and spring break on the horizon, the provincial health officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and public health officials are reminding people in British Columbia to check their vaccination records before travelling to ensure they are protected.
March 1, 2024
To continue building on the commitments made at the signing of the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement in April 2023, the Province and BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) have made significant progress determining minimum nurse-to-patient ratios.
February 28, 2024
Dr. Robert Halpenny has been appointed chair of Interior Health’s board of directors, succeeding Dr. Doug Cochrane after his passing earlier this month.
February 20, 2024
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has released the following statement about the passing of Dr. Doug Cochrane:
February 12, 2024
People in the Squamish area will benefit from a new state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner being installed at Squamish General Hospital (SGH).

Last Updated: January 14, 2024

Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into topics with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

Air Quality

Warming Centres

EmergencyInfoBC will share verified cold weather event information during emergencies, including cold weather advisories and warming centres. See the BC Housing website for shelter information throughout BC. For emergency warming centres, public warming spaces, and Emergency Support Services reception centres, visit: http://EmergencyMapBC.ca  

For other cold weather-related resources, see our Your Health This Winter health feature and our Hypothermia and Cold Temperature Exposure topic.

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Health Authority News Releases

For latest updates from your Health Authority, see:

Mental Health and Substance Use

 

Issues such as food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts can affect more than one province in Canada. Here we have provided quick access to public health alerts made public by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthy Canadians and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency RSS

In Canada, most food recalls are coordinated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Depending on the level of risk, the CFIA will issue a warning to the public. Below are the latest recalls issued by the CFIA.

February 22, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains wheat which is not declared on the label.
February 21, 2024
Uncle Yiannis brand Roasted Eggplant Puree recalled due to undeclared sulphites. 
February 21, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains egg which is not declared on the label.
February 20, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.
February 17, 2024
The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Only eggs with the specific lot code information in the table above are affected. 

Public Health Agency of Canada RSS

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) helps to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, preventing injuries, and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. Below are the latest health updates provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

March 1, 2024
At the national level, most indicators of influenza activity remained similar compared to the previous week. All surveillance indicators are within or below expected levels typical of this time of year.
February 23, 2024
At the national level, most indicators of influenza activity remained similar compared to the previous week. All surveillance indicators are within or below expected levels typical of this time of year.
February 22, 2024
In week 7 (week ending February 17, 2024) in Canada, participating RVDSS laboratories reported 2,759 detections of SARS-CoV-2 from 33,895 tests (8.1% positive). Among non-SARS-CoV-2 respiratory viruses, where test volumes are lower (range of 8,396 to 32,746 tests), activity of flu is highest but remains below expected levels for this time of year.
February 21, 2024
In Canada, 2 new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 6, 2024.
February 16, 2024
At the national level, most indicators of influenza activity remained similar compared to the previous week. All surveillance indicators are within or below expected levels typical of this time of year.