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.

If you are looking for information on influenza (flu), go to the In Your Area tab.

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 emergency room closures, food inspections, influenza (flu) season, and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts

January 18, 2017
Government to increase addictions treatment services in the short term as part of the battle against the epidemic of illicit drug overdoses. This will include additional residential treatment beds, intensive outpatient services and the removal of financial barriers for opioid addiction treatment medication.
January 18, 2017
The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to increase each month with December numbers the highest ever recorded in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.
January 18, 2017
In January 2016, changes to the BC Smoking Cessation Program meant that eligible B.C. smokers interested in using nicotine replacement therapies no longer have to dial 811 to enrol.
January 17, 2017
Residents who draw their water from the North Thompson River between Avola and the confluence of the Clearwater River, are advised to be cautious and check their water for any signs of diesel fuel (sheen or fuel odour) after a semi-trailer crashed into the river one kilometre south of Avola on Monday night.
January 17, 2017
Residents who draw their water from the North Thompson River between Avola and Vavenby, B.C., are advised to be cautious and check their water for any signs of diesel fuel (sheen or fuel odour) after a semi-trailer crashed into the river one kilometre south of Avola on Monday night.
January 13, 2017
Island Health is asking Island residents to do their part to ensure they are using Emergency Departments appropriately, particularly at this time of year when patient visits increase due to influenza and other seasonal illnesses.
January 13, 2017
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning the public following a spike in acute gastrointestinal illness associated with the consumption of oysters. The outbreak is ongoing and more cases are expected.
January 9, 2017
A number of children and families are/have been ill with influenza-like symptoms in the Peace region, including Chetwynd. These illnesses are typical for this time of year.
January 6, 2017
Beginning this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.
December 31, 2016
Northern Health is advising Prince George residents that gastrointestinal illness (GI) is circulating in the community and affecting staff and patients at UHNBC.

The BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Ministry of Health issue province-wide public health alerts on issues that can affect the health of you and your family.

BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the provincial public health centre responsible for protecting and enhancing the health of all British Columbians through communicable disease prevention. Below are the current communicable disease-related public health alerts made public by the BCCDC.

Ministry of Health

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.

January 9, 2017

The Province has provided $14,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Vancouver.

January 6, 2017

Beginning this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced.

January 3, 2017

The Province has provided over $1 million for improved access to hospice palliative care in Squamish, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast, including the first-ever hospice beds in the Sea to Sky region.  

January 1, 2017

From the opening the newest hospital on Haida Gwaii, to preparing for construction of a new Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, 2016 strengthened health care for families around the province and 2017 is expected to continue to do so.

December 30, 2016

For the first time, Oliver is the top name for boys born in B.C. according to the Vital Statistics Agency.


Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information on topics such as water quality, emergency room closures, boil water advisories and more, to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into these topics and more, with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

Emergency Room Closure Information

Food Inspections

Influenza (Flu)

Water Quality

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

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.

January 9, 2017

Distribution – British Columbia, Ontario possibly national. Recalling firm - Vanworld International Investment (Canada) Ltd.

January 8, 2017

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Overwaitea Food Group.

January 3, 2017

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec, possibly national. Recalling firm - King's Pastry.

December 30, 2016

Distribution: National. Recalling firm: Tupperware Canada.

December 29, 2016

Distribution – National Recalling firm – Nutrition Club

Healthy Canadians

Healthy Canadians is a Government of Canada initiative that aims to keep you informed about issues related to health and safety. It is a joint initiative between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Healthy Canadians provides information about recalls and alerts for health products, consumer products, food, and vehicles. Below are the latest recalls and alerts provided by Healthy Canadians.

January 11, 2017

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these products do not meet the flammability requirements for children's sleepwear under Canadian law.

January 11, 2017

Health Canada’s inspection program found the recalled products are not provided with the required child-resistant closures and do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR, 2001) under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).

January 11, 2017

Health Canada is warning consumers of certain natural gas and propane fireplaces manufactured by Security Fireplace that may pose safety risks to consumers. There have been two reported incidents involving these fireplaces due to delayed ignition. The relief dampers on these products may not work, which could lead to excess gas being ignited when lighting the fireplace. This could cause the glass front to explode into people’s living space, posing a serious risk to the safety of Canadians.

January 11, 2017

Electrical short-circuit of printed circuit board (PCB) may lead to battery pack smoking or melting.

January 9, 2017

Public Health Agency of Canada

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.

January 12, 2017

The Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System collects data from select laboratories across Canada on the number of tests performed and the number of tests positive for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Data are reported on a weekly basis year-round to the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID), Public Health Agency of Canada. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

January 11, 2017

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported for week 52, 2016. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

January 6, 2017

FluWatch report: December 18 to December 31, 2016 (weeks 51 & 52) Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

January 6, 2017

Zika virus infection is caused by a virus which is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travelers. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

January 5, 2017

The Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) is a bilingual online, scientific peer-reviewed journal published monthly by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

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