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.

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

June 22, 2018
OTTAWA – With the growing availability of fentanyl test strips on store shelves and online, Health Canada would like to remind Canadians of the potential limitations when using fentanyl test strips to detect fentanyl or other deadly substances in street drugs before consuming them.
June 22, 2018
Vancouver Island - There have been cases of shellfish-related illness on the south section of Vancouver Island in individuals who have self-harvested in closed areas in June. Island Health is reminding self-harvesters to be aware of shellfish closures during the harvest season.
June 22, 2018
With summer officially here, and warm weather in the forecast for much of the province, the BC Coroners Service urges residents and visitors to take extra care when they are near rivers, lakes or the ocean.
June 19, 2018
The recent floods and higher water in many areas across IH have resulted in an increase in standing water and more mosquitoes hatching.
June 18, 2018
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Sunny skies and very warm air are on tap for the next several days.
May 25, 2018
Interior Health is reminding residents across the region to take extra precautions while enjoying recreational water activities this weekend and throughout the summer.
May 22, 2018
If you are preparing to return home after recent flooding, Emergency Management BC asks that you take precautions for your personal safety.
May 20, 2018
Interior Health is advising Kootenay Boundary residents who are returning to their homes after flooding to take the following precautions to protect their health.
May 11, 2018
Vancouver – The number of children who were treated at BC Children’s Hospital after falling from a window or balcony during the warmer weather months more than doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year.
May 10, 2018
SURREY – With graduation celebration season set to begin across British Columbia in the coming weeks, Fraser Health is urging young people, as well as their families and friends, to talk openly about substance use and take precautions to avoid the risk of an overdose.

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.

June 18, 2018

The Ministry of Health is investing $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

June 17, 2018

The Government of British Columbia has provided $1.5 million to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) to support men in British Columbia to live healthier lives.

June 12, 2018

The provincial government is expanding insulin pump coverage, so any British Columbian requiring one to manage diabetes will have access under PharmaCare, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

June 8, 2018

In advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15, 2018, the Ministry of Health has contributed $1.4 million to support elder abuse awareness and prevention. 

June 8, 2018

The Kamloops Urgent Primary Care and Learning Centre (UPCLC) will provide people a new option for timely primary care when it opens, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.


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.

June 21, 2018

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm - M & H Distribution Ltd.

June 20, 2018

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm - Kehar Foods International Ltd.

June 14, 2018

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Puresource Inc.

June 6, 2018

Distribution – British Columbia, possibly national. Recalling firm – Evergreen Herbs Ltd.

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.

June 20, 2018

The recalling firm is M & H Distribution Ltd..This product has been distributed in Retail.

June 19, 2018

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that this jogging stroller does not meet the sharp edge requirements of the Carriages and Strollers Regulations in Canada. The metal edge of the back hinge located on the right side of the jogging stroller can be sharp, posing a potential risk of cut or laceration.

June 19, 2018

The recalling firm is Kehar Foods International Ltd..This product has been distributed in Retail.

June 18, 2018

Testing by the CSA Group has shown that glasses distributed between October 2017 and April 2018 do not comply with the side impact requirements of the safety standard for eye and face protectors. The affected safety glasses may not provide adequate protection against side impact, posing a risk of eye injury.

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.

June 21, 2018

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.

June 19, 2018

An outbreak of Nipah virus infection was reported in India in the state of Kerala. 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.

June 18, 2018

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial and territorial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidisinfectionsin nine provincial and territorial jurisdictions with cases of human illness linked to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products. 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.

June 15, 2018

Nearly half of all Canadians will develop cancer during their lifetime, and about one quarter of Canadians are expected to die from the disease. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada - responsible for 30% of all deaths- followed by cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), chronic respiratory diseases, and accidents. 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.

June 14, 2018

In Canada, two new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 22, 2018. 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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