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.

For information to help you and your family during the flu season, see the Influenza (Flu) section of the Public Health Alerts – 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

March 15, 2019
Island Health recognizes that people are concerned about their immunization status. Fortunately, there have been no cases of measles on Vancouver Island.
March 12, 2019
There have been a number of confirmed cases of measles in British Columbia. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions.
March 9, 2019
A case of measles infection has been confirmed in the Interior Health region, in 100 Mile House.
February 27, 2019
Immunization locations and latest news on the measles outbreak in VCH.
February 24, 2019
Two new cases of measles infection have been reported to Vancouver Coastal Health. Both people acquired the infection while traveling abroad. One person lives in the VCH region and the other was traveling through Richmond and YVR (Vancouver International Airport) en route to Edmonton, then the Northwest Territories.
February 22, 2019
Vancouver, BC – Two additional cases of measles infection have been identified in the Lower Mainland. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has determined that one infection is linked to a previously known case of measles.
February 15, 2019
Due to recent cases of measles in the Vancouver area, BC Children’s Hospital is providing advice on what to do if you are concerned that your child has been exposed to measles.
February 15, 2019
No measles cases have been confirmed on Vancouver Island. Recent measles cases have been confirmed in Vancouver, BC and Washington state.
February 15, 2019
A total of eight measles infections have been identified in Vancouver this week. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Medical Health Officers determined that the first infection was acquired outside of North America.
February 13, 2019
Vancouver, BC – A case of measles infection has been confirmed in Vancouver. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Medical Health Officers determined that this infection was acquired locally.

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.

March 13, 2019

Seniors in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are benefiting from an investment of over $9.1 million in 2018-19 to increase staffing levels and ensure that seniors get the care they need in residential care homes.

March 13, 2019

The Indigenous Primary Health and Wellness Home is the first clinic of its kind in Fraser Health.

March 7, 2019

Thousands of people at the highest risk of acquiring HIV in B.C. are benefiting after a successful year since government expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

March 7, 2019

Under the theme "Honouring our B.C. Francophone History," Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in B.C., has announced that March 20, 2019, will be proclaimed B.C. Francophonie Day.

March 1, 2019

Seniors in the Interior are benefitting from a nearly $5.3-million investment in 2018-19 to increase staffing levels and make sure that seniors get the care they need in residential care homes.


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.

Drinking Water Quality

Food Inspections

Gypsy Moth

Influenza

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.

March 14, 2019

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market.

March 3, 2019

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm - Westpoint Distributors Ltd.

February 28, 2019

Distribution – New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Recalling firm – Dolphin Village

February 27, 2019

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Nature's Best

February 26, 2019

Distribution - Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Possibly National, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon. Recalling firm - Sofina Foods 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.

March 17, 2019

The soup bowl handle can break, posing a burn hazard to users or bystanders.

March 17, 2019

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.

March 13, 2019

In certain fall scenarios, the binding's retention rate can outperform the strength of the ski, leading to breaks and delamination of the ski.

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.

March 15, 2019

Cases of measles have been reported in Israel, Japan, and the Philippines. 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.

March 15, 2019

The list of jurisdictions currently experiencing an outbreak of measles has been updated. 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.

March 15, 2019

In Canada, three new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 9, 2019. 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.

March 14, 2019

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.

March 14, 2019

Sierra Leone has been added to the list of countries reporting cases of Lassa fever in 2019. 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.

Is it an emergency?

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