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

January 15, 2020
Most skiing and snowboarding injuries are preventable. Trauma Services BC has some tips to protect yourself on the slopes. Protecting yourself from injury on the ski hills is as easy as paying attention to what you wear, using care and how you prepare.
January 13, 2020
Vancouver, BC – Nineteen year old Arlene Nguyen won't forget the day she was poisoned by carbon monoxide.
January 9, 2020
People living in the Central Okanagan now have better access to team-based day-to-day public health care with the opening of the new Kelowna Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).
January 6, 2020
In follow up to our October 2018 statement on cannabis and health, we want to advise Canadians on ways to reduce the health risks associated with using cannabis, particularly in relation to new cannabis products becoming legally available across the country.
December 30, 2019
As you ring in the New Year, Fraser Health reminds party-goers to look out for one another and be mindful about celebrating and getting home safely.
December 23, 2019
Is it safe to try drugs? Is it safe to use drugs when drinking alcohol? It’s never completely safe, and right now, with B.C. experiencing an overdose emergency, it’s riskier than ever. People are dying of overdoses in B.C. every day. Many of these deaths are related to an increase in fentanyl and its analogues in the unregulated drug supply. Fentanyl has been found mixed with other drugs like fake oxycodone, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin. Many people don’t know what’s in the drugs they’re using – they might take fentanyl without knowing it.
December 20, 2019
Emergency services at our hospitals are available 24 hours a day; however, at times they may be very busy.
December 19, 2019
Having a sick child over the holiday season can be stressful, but it helps to know when it’s time to seek emergency treatment.
December 18, 2019
People expect the holiday season to be filled with cheer, but it can be very stressful.
December 10, 2019
Vancouver, BC – With flu season here, all visitors to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) facilities are asked to get immunized or wear a mask if they haven't received their annual flu shot.

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 8, 2019

​More than 50,000 kits containing the life-saving medication naloxone have been used to reverse opioid overdoses in B.C.

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.

January 13, 2020

The provincial government is more than doubling the number of specialty nurse training opportunities in the province by funding 1,000 seats each year at the British Columbia School of Technology (BCIT).

January 9, 2020

People living in the Central Okanagan now have better access to team-based day-to-day public health care with the opening of the new Kelowna Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).

January 8, 2020

New investments in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for sonography and cardiovascular perfusion programs will mean more graduates and better health care for people in British Columbia.

January 8, 2020

People and families living in Renfrew-Collingwood and surrounding neighbourhoods will soon have access to more quality primary health-care services with the launch of the new RISE Community Health Centre in April 2020.

January 2, 2020

The first anniversary of a $105-million investment over three years in Fair PharmaCare deductibles and co-payments shows that the changes are making a real difference in people’s lives.


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

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

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.

January 13, 2020

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm – Seoul Trading Corp.

January 13, 2020

Distribution – Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec. Recalling firm – Phoenicia Group Inc.

January 12, 2020

Distribution – Alberta. Recalling firm – The Italian Store

January 5, 2020

Distribution - British Columbia, Ontario. Recalling firm - Redfrog Enterprises Ltd.

January 5, 2020

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Loblaw Companies Limited

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.

January 13, 2020

The finishing scissors that might be found in the backpacks may pose a potential abrasion, laceration, or puncture hazard to a caregiver or child.

January 13, 2020

Over time, the contents of the cans may react with the package, causing rust to form along the can seam, which could spread to other areas of the can. If enough time elapses, pinhole leaks may manifest in the wall of the can, particularly along the seam of the packaging, exposing the contents of the can to the environment. If leaking aerosol cans are improperly stored near sources of ignition, a potential fire hazard exists. Property damage from leaking liquid sealer could occur.

January 12, 2020

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these products do not meet the Canadian safety requirements for expansion gates. Specifically, the surface coating applied on the metal tube of the gates contains barium in excess of allowable limits.

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.

January 10, 2020

Influenza activity continued to increase during this three-week period. 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.

January 10, 2020

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 52, 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.

January 9, 2020

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.

January 9, 2020

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.

January 3, 2020

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 51, 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.

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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