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 air quality, forest fires, food inspections, and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts

November 17, 2017
Interior Health (IH) is expanding immunizations for meningococcal disease to individuals 15-24 years of age in the Oliver region. This includes people from Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls who frequent the Oliver area.
November 15, 2017
Island Health would like to remind parents and guardians to keep button batteries out of children’s reach. These small, coin-size batteries are in many household products, making them accessible to curious children.
November 8, 2017
British Columbians are encouraged to get their flu shot early to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.
November 6, 2017
With slippery weather on the way, seniors are at higher risk of falling, which can lead to serious injury—even death. The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition are sharing tips that will help keep seniors safe.
November 6, 2017
Fraser Health is launching a new guide to help people have a conversation that could save a life. When Words Matter is a thorough, four-page guide to talking to someone you care about when you think they are struggling with substance use.
November 1, 2017
International House of Caviar Ltd. is recalling AKI brand Chum Salmon Caviar from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
October 28, 2017
Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to take extra caution in the wake of an increased number of fatal overdoses in the Lower Mainland on Friday, which may be an indication that more lethal illicit drugs are also present in Interior Health.
October 26, 2017
One shot could save your life when it comes to the flu, says a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) doctor.
October 26, 2017
Every year, approximately 3,500 people die from the flu in Canada and the vast majority are seniors. With influenza already starting to show up in our region this year, Fraser Health is reminding everyone to get their flu shot, not only to protect themselves but also their loved ones.
October 25, 2017
It’s the time of year when we begin to see little ghosts, goblins and witches enjoying Halloween treats and festivities. To support families in keeping kids safe, BC Children’s Hospital is sharing tips to ensure the season is memorable for all the right reasons.

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.

November 10, 2017

Two cases of meningococcal disease have been reported among students of one high school in Interior Health, occurring over a six week period.

August 31, 2017

Vancouver – The fifth anniversary of the Take-Home Naloxone Program, which has reversed over 10,000 opioid overdoes so far, marks a bittersweet milestone for the harm reduction team at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

August 16, 2017

Vancouver – In a report released this morning by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), 10 recommended areas for action have been identified to help prevent illegal drug overdoses and reduce the number of deaths occurring in the province.

July 11, 2017

Vancouver – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is working with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) on a new project to develop a more timely and accurate way to communicate information about clusters of drug overdoses and drug contamination alerts.

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.

November 17, 2017

People struggling with complex and severe mental illness and addiction will receive the care they need in a state-of-the-art mental health and addictions centre on the Riverview lands, Premier John Horgan announced today.

November 16, 2017

The tranquil effects of the ocean as well as local artwork will play comforting roles in helping people recover at the new North Island Hospital’s Campbell River & District campus, which also features bigger rooms for more privacy and an emergency department three times larger than the previous space.

November 14, 2017

People living in the Mid and North Island will benefit from bigger patient rooms, peaceful surroundings, and more surgery space in the North Island Hospital’s Comox Valley campus.

November 8, 2017

British Columbians are encouraged to get their flu shot early to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.

October 27, 2017

Health Minister Adrian Dix was joined by individuals from throughout the South Okanagan today at Penticton Regional Hospital to celebrate a construction milestone that brings the hospital another step closer to enhancing care for patients through a new, state-of-the-art tower.


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.

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.

November 16, 2017

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National. Recalling firm – International House of Caviar Ltd.

November 11, 2017

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Agropur Cooperative.

November 9, 2017

Distibution - Alberta, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm - Good For You Snacks Ltd.

November 8, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm - Vantage Foods (ON) Inc.

November 6, 2017

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Cavendish Farms Corporation.

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.

November 16, 2017

Oil can leak at the area where a removal nut is welded to the end of the filter. If there is a leak, oil can come in contact with the rear tire or rear brake of a motorcycle, leading to a loss of control or a crash. Such safety concerns do not arise in other vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles and personal watercrafts.

November 16, 2017

The ears on the elephant rattle can break releasing a metal rod that can pose a choking hazard to young children. As of November 2, 2017, the company has received 5 reports of the ear breaking in Canada, and no reports of injury.

November 16, 2017

The fuel line in the identified tractors was not routed behind the tank guard which could allow the fuel line to contact and rub against the transmission belt. If this occurs, fuel could leak from the fuel line and pose a risk of fire.

November 16, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. The table below is updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers,” and that are labelled to contain or have been tested and found to contain dangerous ingredients.

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.

November 17, 2017

As of week 44, 179 clinical cases and six asymptomatic infections have been reported to the PHAC by five provinces (Québec [19], Ontario [154], Manitoba [4], Alberta [7], and British Columbia [1]). 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.

November 17, 2017

Influenza activity crossed the seasonal threshold in week 45, indicating the beginning of the influenza season at the national level. 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.

November 15, 2017

In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 44, 2017. One new case of rubella was reported in week 43. 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.

November 10, 2017

FluWatch report: October 28 to November 4, 2017 (week 44) 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.

November 10, 2017

During week 43, October 22 to October 28, 2017, one new case of West Nile Virus (WNV) was reported from Québec to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Retrospectively, five additional cases were reported by two provinces: three in Québec and two in Ontario. 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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