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

February 21, 2017
Thousands of British Columbians living with hepatitis C will have better access to treatment as a result of successful negotiations brokered by the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA).
February 21, 2017
Travel exposes people to new cultures, new environments, new foods—but the one thing the VCH Travel Clinic doesn’t want travelers exposed to is new bacteria and viruses.
February 20, 2017
A new mental-health digital hub that will make it easier for thousands of British Columbians to find the services and supports closest to them is among various targeted initiatives totalling $140 million over three years under Budget 2017 to support those with mental-health and substance-use challenges.
February 17, 2017
The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. decreased slightly in January over the figures for November and December, but was still the third-highest number ever for a single month.
February 14, 2017
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for couples to proclaim their love, but whether you’re in a relationship, casually dating or single and looking to mingle, contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a sure way to turn down the romance.
February 8, 2017
Ahead of the Family Day long weekend and with flu circulating in the community, Fraser Health is reminding people that going to the hospital for minor concerns can present its own risks, and to take precautions to maintain good health and prevent a trip to the Emergency Department.
February 3, 2017
Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling one specific lot code of PC Organics brand Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
February 1, 2017
As part of the surveillance related to the opioid overdose public health emergency, the province has confirmed through laboratory testing that carfentanil is present in the illegal drug supply in the lower mainland and being ingested.
January 26, 2017
A health advisory for the Thompson River coal spill that occurred on Jan. 12 remains in place. After the spill, Interior Health issued a Do Not Consume notification for areas downstream from the spill site, which is located seven kilometres south of Ashcroft.
January 25, 2017
Interior Health has removed a Do Not Use order that was issued to Vavenby residents after a diesel spill in the North Thompson River on Jan. 16.

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.

February 14, 2017

In recognition of the challenges faced by British Columbians with Parkinson’s disease, the Ministry of Health will be working with the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre to identify and prioritize patients for coverage of the medication Duodopa.

February 9, 2017

A new MRI machine is coming to the Jim Pattison Outpatient and Surgical Centre to help increase patient access to MRI services, and is expected to be in place in 2018.

February 9, 2017

A new MRI machine is coming to Vernon Jubilee Hospital to help increase patient access to MRI services, and is expected to be in place in 2018.

February 9, 2017

A new MRI machine is coming to Ridge Meadows Hospital to help increase patient access to MRI services, and is expected to be in place in 2018.

February 9, 2017

A new MRI machine is coming to Nanaimo Regional Hospital to help increase patient access to MRI services. It is expected to be in place in 2018.


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.

February 13, 2017

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Bright Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company Limited.

February 8, 2017

Distribution – National. Recalling firm - Loblaw Companies Limited.

February 8, 2017

Distribution – national, internet. Recalling firm - Schneider's Gourmet World .

February 5, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Bramic Sales Inc.

February 5, 2017

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm – Castle Cheese (West) 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.

February 13, 2017

On certain vehicles, the thickness of the port wall of the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may be below specification and could result in the supply port cracking. If a crack were to develop in the vertical portion of the FDM fuel supply port, a fuel leak could occur. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace the FDM flange with a flange that has a redesigned fuel supply port.

February 12, 2017

On certain motorhomes equipped with a heavier weight adjustable straight foot pedal, the brake activation signal to the motorhome's brake lights and to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome service brakes are released. This may cause the motorhome brake lights to potentially remain illuminated, which would result in the following road users being unaware of the driver's intentions. Additionally, if the brakes of a towed vehicle were to remained engaged, it could result in a loss of vehicle control. Both of these conditions could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Daimler Trucks North America authorized service facilities will replace the torsion spring of the pedal assembly with an improved spring.

February 9, 2017

The recalling firm is Kraft Heinz Canada ULC.This product has been distributed in Retail.

February 9, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized unauthorized health products promoted as workout, weight loss and dietary supplements from Atomik Nutrition at 102-90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Châteauguay, QC (see table below). The products are labelled to contain various drugs, including prescription and controlled drugs, which may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

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.

February 10, 2017

Influenza activity continues to be reported across Canada and two regions are reporting widespread influenza activity. A slight increase in the percent of tests positive for influenza and number of laboratory confirmed influenza outbreaks was observed in week 5. 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.

February 9, 2017

Polio is a highly contagious disease. It can cause paralysis and death. 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.

February 9, 2017

Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations in Canada, Week 05 ending February 4, 2017 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.

February 9, 2017

Also known as ischemic heart disease or coronary heart disease, heart disease refers to the buildup of plaque in the heart's arteries that could lead to a heart attack, heart failure, or death. 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.

February 8, 2017

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported for week 4, 2017. To date no cases of measles and rubella have been reported in Canada in 2017. 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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