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

November 13, 2018
​The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is alerting British Columbians to discard or return to the place of purchase any Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese that they currently have at home.
October 29, 2018
A new flu season is upon us, and Vancouver Coastal Health is reminding people vaccines continue to be the best way for people to protect themselves and their loved ones.
October 26, 2018
Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. We encourage people to take precautions to ensure they celebrate and also get home safely.
October 23, 2018
Vancouver – With Halloween fast approaching, BC Children’s Hospital has some tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe as they run door-to-door in search of their favourite candy.
October 22, 2018
Winter is coming – and with winter comes influenza season. Protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza, often called the flu, by getting your flu shot and preventing the spread of germs. The flu shot is available through your pharmacist, health-care provider, First Nations community health nurses, or your local health unit. Interior Health (IH) immunization clinics will begin the week of Nov. 1 and will continue in communities throughout the month, with flu clinics by appointment available throughout the rest of the season.
October 15, 2018
Did you know that out of any age group, children experience the highest rates of seasonal influenza (15-25 per cent) and are also at the highest risk of complications due to influenza?
October 2, 2018
As the wet fall weather sets in, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Vancouver Mycological Society are alerting people not to eat the dangerous death cap mushroom, but they can play an important role in reporting the deadly mushrooms.
September 14, 2018
We are advising anyone whose immunity to measles is in question to immediately get a dose of the vaccine today.
September 13, 2018
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who went to the Skookum Festival, visited Noodlebox Mount Pleasant or the Outdoor Community Block Party, or used public transit in Vancouver at specific times, about a possible measles exposure.
September 7, 2018
Metro Vancouver has ended the fine particulate matter Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that has been in effect since September 6.

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.

November 16, 2018

Transgender people in British Columbia will soon have access to publicly funded gender-affirming lower surgeries within the province, as British Columbia becomes the first province in western Canada to offer these procedures next year.

November 14, 2018

Surrey residents now have improved same-day access to urgent primary care with the opening of the new Surrey Urgent Primary Care Centre.

November 8, 2018

People throughout the province, including patients, families and especially seniors and people with disabilities, will benefit as legislation that has been introduced takes aim at improving working conditions for health and social-sector employees.

November 2, 2018

British Columbians who do not identify as male or female will have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.

October 26, 2018

The Government of British Columbia is opening a new urgent primary care centre for West Shore communities to better connect local residents with the primary health care they need.


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.

November 15, 2018

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, and Possibly National. Recalling firm – Industry

November 8, 2018

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

November 8, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Canada Herb.

November 1, 2018

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Sofina Foods Inc.

October 31, 2018

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Gia Foods 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.

November 15, 2018

Health Canada seized “21st Century DHEA” because it is labelled to contain dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a controlled substance that may pose serious health risks. “21st Century DHEA “ is an unauthorized health product promoted to provide “support for the immune system, mental well-being & energy levels.”

November 14, 2018

These barstools are being recalled because the front wooden footrest can break, posing a cut hazard.

November 14, 2018

The recalled products do not have mandatory hazard labelling as required by the Cosmetics Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act. Improper labelling could result in misuse of the product and lead to serious injury.

November 14, 2018

The recalled products do not have mandatory hazard labelling as required by the Cosmetics Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act. Improper labelling could result in misuse of the product and lead to serious 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.

November 16, 2018

Influenza activity continued to increase in week 45. The number of regions in Canada reporting sporadic or localized influenza activity increased slightly. The number of influenza-associated hospitalizations continued to increase. In particular, the number of pediatric hospitalizations is significantly higher than in recent years. The number of influenza outbreaks remains within expected levels. Settings in which outbreaks have been reported suggest that younger age-groups are being affected. 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.

November 16, 2018

In Canada, one new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 44, 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.

November 15, 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.

November 15, 2018

As of October 27 2018, 335 human cases associated with WNV in Canada has been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 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.

November 13, 2018

Information regarding the number of confirmed cases and the states affected 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.

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