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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To learn more about the coronavirus, symptoms, how it spreads and prevention visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health feature.

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 RSS

May 25, 2022

Interior Health has issued a drug poisoning alert for Nelson after a drug poisoning event occurred at ANKORS OPS. Sample of orange/pink pebbles sold as Down contained Carfentanyl, Fentanyl and Flualprazolam. High risk of drug poisoning, overdose and death.

May 20, 2022

Earlier this morning, it was reported that health officials were investigating two reported cases of monkeypox in B.C. Public health interviewed two individuals but upon investigation it was determined that they were not considered contacts of cases as they had not been exposed.

May 20, 2022

Interior Health is making the opioid use disorder medication Suboxone widely available in its hospital emergency departments.

May 19, 2022

Even though spring has been cool and rainy in many parts of BC, we all need to plan ahead for potential floods, wildfires and extreme heat this summer.

May 17, 2022

BC Children’s Hospital doctors are urging parents and caregivers ensure their homes’ windows are safe for spring and summer breezes.

May 13, 2022

With the easing of public health restrictions related to COVID-19 in BC, many people who were working from home during the height of the pandemic are now going back to the office or other jobs in public settings.

May 10, 2022

Drug Alert - NANAIMO- May 10th, 2022** Island Health has issued a drug poisoning advisory for Nanaimo. Overdoses are increasing in Nanaimo. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from both injection and inhalation.

May 10, 2022

As more people head outdoors across Interior Health, it is likely they may encounter bats. Bats can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. This PSA provides tips on how to avoid bat exposures and when to seek health advice.

May 5, 2022

If you’ve struggled to perform a COVID-19 rapid test on your child, BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) have created a video to help.

May 5, 2022

Drug Alert - MERRITT - May 5th, 2022 Interior health has issued a drug alert in Merritt after benzodiazepines and high level of fentanyl found in light, yellow, chalky sample sold as down. High risk of overdose.

Ministry of Health RSS

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.

May 27, 2022
Langley residents in need of end-of-life care will soon have increased options for community hospice closer to home as construction of the new 15-room hospice completes.
May 25, 2022
BC Cancer has launched a provincewide lung cancer screening program, providing access to eligible high-risk people at 36 sites throughout the province.
May 25, 2022
People will benefit from the major expansion at Penticton Regional Hospital as final renovations wrap up at the David E. Kampe Tower.
May 17, 2022
People needing surgery at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) will have increased access to care as the provincial government has approved the business plan for the second phase of expansion, adding 13 new operating rooms (ORs) and 39 new perioperative patient bays at the facility.
May 16, 2022
Communities in British Columbia are encouraged to support seniors so they can live active and independent lives as $500,000 in a new round of age-friendly grants are available for application.

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

Cooling Centres

EmergencyInfoBC has a list of cooling centres that can provide protection from heat-related illness during hot summer weather.

If your local community is not listed, please call your local municipality or check their website to see where there are air conditioned cooling centres for those who need them.

COVID-19

For information about COVID-19 from your local health authority, see:

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 Public Exposures

COVID-19 School Exposures

Hospital Visiting Guidelines

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Health Authority News Releases

For latest updates from your Health Authority, see:

Influenza

Mental Health and Substance Use

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 RSS

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.

May 26, 2022
Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop is recalling certain Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop brand peanut butter-containing chocolates from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold in Nova Scotia and online.
May 24, 2022
Rogers brand Golden Yellow Sugar recalled due to pieces of plastic. The recalled product was distributed in Alberta and British Columbia.
May 22, 2022
Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling certain Jif brand Peanut Butters from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold nationally and online.
May 20, 2022
Cebu's Dried Fish brand Dried Silver Fish (Bol S Dilis) recalled due to histamine. The recalled product has been sold in Alberta and online.
May 19, 2022
Lafleur Original brand Wieners recalled due to texture and appearance issues. The recalled product was sold in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.

Healthy Canadians RSS

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.

Public Health Agency of Canada RSS

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.

May 27, 2022
Influenza activity has declined slightly from the previous week (week 19), but remains above the epidemic threshold. Influenza activity continues to be reported in almost all regions of all provinces and territories.
May 26, 2022
Detections of seasonal respiratory viruses have stabilized in recent weeks.
May 26, 2022
In Canada, one new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 19, 2022.
May 20, 2022
Since the beginning of April, detections of influenza have sharply increased. Influenza activity has reached seasonal thresholds.
May 19, 2022
Detections of seasonal respiratory viruses have increased since February 2022, with influenza accounting for most of the increase.