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.

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

September 14, 2018
We are advising anyone whose immunity to measles is in question to immediately get a dose of the vaccine today.
September 13, 2018
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who went to the Skookum Festival, visited Noodlebox Mount Pleasant or the Outdoor Community Block Party, or used public transit in Vancouver at specific times, about a possible measles exposure.
September 7, 2018
Metro Vancouver has ended the fine particulate matter Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that has been in effect since September 6.
September 7, 2018
Thanks to cooler weather and progress in containing wildfires, the Government of British Columbia has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that currently covers the entire province.
September 6, 2018
Fraser Health is warning any passengers who were on the BC Ferries sailing from Tsawwassen to Mayne Island on Friday, August 31st at 7 p.m. of a possible exposure to measles.
September 5, 2018
Public Health has been made aware of a cluster of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Guildford area of Surrey. Public Health officials are currently investigating the cluster to identify the source of the bacteria.
September 5, 2018
The Regions of BC highlighted on the map are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours. The next bulletin update will be available September 06, 2018.
August 23, 2018
Practicing your response to an overdose will help keep your skills sharp and ready. You are invited to take part in an Overdose Response Practice Drill organized by Fraser Health.
August 22, 2018
The provincial Animal Health Centre lab has confirmed two dead ravens submitted from Kimberley as part of routine surveillance have tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in the province this year.
August 17, 2018
KIMBERLEY – Interior Health (IH) is relocating residents and clients from its facilities in Kimberley due to an evacuation alert related to wildfires burning in the region.

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.

September 17, 2018

A new acute care facility for Lions Gate Hospital is moving forward, as government has approved the business plan and laid out project details that benefit patient comfort and security.

September 9, 2018

Seniors’ ability to live active, safe, socially engaged and independent lives in their communities is being enhanced by $500,000 in age-friendly grants to local governments.

September 7, 2018

Measures to protect patients in British Columbia from extra billing for medically necessary treatments under Bill 92 will come into force Oct. 1, 2018.

September 4, 2018

The province’s first urgent primary centre is expanding with the opening of a Family Practice Learning Centre, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

August 30, 2018

Kamloops and area residents are one step closer to the new Patient Care Tower at Royal Inland Hospital with the selection of the preferred proponent for the project.


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

Beach Advisories

Drinking Water Quality

Food Inspections

Forest Fires

Flooding

Gypsy Moth

Heat and Other Weather Alerts

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.

September 17, 2018

Distribution – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. Recalling firm – Belleisle Foods Ltd.

September 16, 2018

Distribution – Quebec, Possibly National. Recalling firm – Future Seafoods Inc.

September 11, 2018

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm - Kim Châu Vietnamese Deli Ltd.

September 11, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Five Continents International Ltd.

September 7, 2018

Distribution - Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador. Recalling firm - Randsland Farms Inc.

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.

September 17, 2018

The hair dryer and power cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards.

September 17, 2018

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these lighters do not meet the Lighters Regulations in Canada and may pose a fire or burn hazard. Specifically, the child-resistant mechanism may not work properly.

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.

September 14, 2018

Influenza activity is at interseasonal levels across the country. 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.

September 13, 2018

Zimbabwe was added to the list of countries experiencing an outbreak of cholera. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations for travellers. 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.

September 13, 2018

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. These data are also summarized in the weekly FluWatch report. 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.

September 13, 2018

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 35, 2018. 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.

September 13, 2018

As of September 1, 2018, 60 human cases associated with WNV in Canada has been reported to 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.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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