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

May 14, 2018
In March 2018 a small cluster of people were confirmed, by lab testing, to have Vibrio cholera bacteria infections associated with consumption of herring eggs harvested in the French Creek and Qualicum Bay areas.
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.
April 27, 2018
The number of new norovirus illnesses reported in association with this outbreak has decreased in the last week. As of April 26, the outbreak includes 132 illnesses in BC.
April 19, 2018
Recent fecal immunochemical test (FIT) results are showing an increase in the number of positive screens being returned – more patients are testing positive than is typical.
April 18, 2018
The annual 4/20 marijuana/cannabis event is approaching. If you choose to use, we urge you to follow these safety tips.
April 4, 2018
As the weather starts to warm up, people across the Interior Health region are spending more time outdoors. This can mean an uptick in tick bites.
March 13, 2018
Any British Columbian living with chronic hepatitis C now is able to access treatment, regardless of the severity of their disease, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced today.
February 14, 2018
Following significant uptake for immunizations, and no additional cases since December 28, 2017, Interior Health is declaring an end to the meningococcal outbreak in the Okanagan.
January 22, 2018
The VCH Travel Clinic is now offering a new shingles vaccine that offers better protection than the previous vaccine.

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.

May 17, 2018

The May long weekend is a great time to travel and visit friends and family.

May 6, 2018

To connect more people, families, and caregivers affected by dementia to community supports and services, the Ministry of Health is providing the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with $2.7 million to further support First Link, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

May 5, 2018

To help more lower income British Columbians and expectant mothers gain access to healthy, locally grown food, government is expanding the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program, Health Minster Adrian Dix and Agriculture Minister Lana Popham announced.

April 26, 2018

Health Minister Adrian Dix today introduced the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which will help preserve the integrity of Canada’s public blood and plasma collection system by preventing payment for blood and plasma collection in British Columbia.

April 22, 2018

People in the Fraser Health region will have better access to joint replacement surgery, thanks to the Fraser Health hip and knee replacement program, which will increase the number of hip and knee replacement surgeries in the region by 23% in 2018-19.


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.

Food Inspections

Flooding

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Water Quality

Air Quality

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.

May 17, 2018

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, possibly national

May 16, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Four Seasons Marketplace Inc.

May 16, 2018

Distribution – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Legend Q Trading Inc.

May 14, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm - Whole Foods Market.

May 13, 2018

Distribution – Alberta , British Columbia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec. Recalling firm – Les Dépendances

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.

May 18, 2018

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized an unauthorized “Botox” product and other unauthorized health products from Arshia Hair Salon and Spa (6062A Yonge Street) in Toronto, ON, because they may pose serious health risks. These products may have been administered as injectable treatments for cosmetic purposes.

May 17, 2018

Health Canada has seized four unauthorized drugs from Gigi’s Market, 23 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON. The products (Ampicillin, Kamox, Medampi and Medomox) are labelled to contain antibiotic drugs (ampicillin or amoxicillin) that can only be dispensed by a healthcare professional to a patient with a valid prescription. The products listed below have not been evaluated by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness or quality and may pose serious health risks.

May 16, 2018

Internal wiring within the product may overheat posing a risk of burns or fire.

May 16, 2018

If the ball structure were to be damaged, pieces of the ball could be pulled off therefore posing a choking hazard to young children. As of May 14, 2018, the company has received two incidents with no injuries in Canada.

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.

May 18, 2018

Overall, influenza activity in Canada continued to decrease, but parts of Central and Eastern Canada are still reporting localized activity. Many indicators of influenza activity are either near or below average for this time of year. 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.

May 18, 2018

Information regarding number of cases and deaths 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.

May 18, 2018

In Canada, one new case of measles and no new case of rubella were reported in week 18, 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.

May 17, 2018

A total of 176 cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to oyster consumption were reported in three provinces: British Columbia (137), Alberta (14), and Ontario (25). 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.

May 17, 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.

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