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.

If you are looking for information on influenza (flu), go to the 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 emergency room closures, food inspections, influenza (flu) season, and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts

March 21, 2017
Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized several unauthorized health products from EPCA Shipping Inc. at 1115-11871 Horseshoe Way, Richmond BC. The products are promoted to treat cancer, infertility, respiratory diseases, enlarged thyroid and erectile dysfunction, and are labelled to contain various prescription drugs that may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.
March 7, 2017
The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate norovirus and gastrointestinal illnesses in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario linked to raw and undercooked oysters. The source of illness has been identified as oysters from British Columbia but the cause of the contamination has not been identified.
March 6, 2017
VCH doctors recommend women who are pregnant to get the flu shot. When given during pregnancy, it’s been shown to protect both the mother and her developing baby from serious flu-related complications.
March 4, 2017
Two separate sets of flights through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in late February had infectious cases of measles aboard. Passengers who shared the flight(s) or were at the airport at the same time as the ill passengers may have been exposed to measles.
March 3, 2017
Travelers at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on the following three flights may have been exposed to measles - February 24, 2017: China Airlines Flight C132 (Taipei to Vancouver) arriving at 6:10 pm PST and WestJet Flight WS 412 (Vancouver to Edmonton) departing at 10:20 pm PST; February 27, 2017: Air Canada Flight 997 (Mexico City to Vancouver) arriving at 11:22 am PST. Anyone who may have been exposed to measles should watch for signs and symptoms until March 21, 2017.
March 3, 2017
VCH Public Health has been working with the Vancouver Canucks on a mumps outbreak. Several Canucks players and staff, and others in the community have been confirmed with having the highly contagious viral illness.
March 3, 2017
Today, Health Minister Terry Lake and MLA Kamloops-South Thompson Todd Stone were joined by representatives from Interior Health to open the new Interior Health Primary Care Services clinic on the first floor of the North Shore Health Science Centre (NSHSC) at #103-376 Tranquille Rd.
March 2, 2017
The deadly drug carfentanil is now confirmed to be present in Interior Health. This comes following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs.
February 27, 2017
For some, the decision to stop the cycle of substance use needs to be acted on immediately, or the opportunity is lost. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is opening a new clinic to catch people in that moment so they can walk in off the street, start treatment, and turn their lives around.
February 21, 2017
Thousands of British Columbians living with hepatitis C will have better access to treatment as a result of successful negotiations brokered by the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA).

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.

March 17, 2017

With Budget 2017, the B.C. government is supporting plans for a proposed redevelopment at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, and recognizing the history and archaeological significance of the site, the Province is committing to consult and work with First Nations in the area as a next step.

March 17, 2017

Updated statistics released today from the BC Coroners Service show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths decreased slightly in February. Since the public-health emergency was declared in April 2016, government and its partners have enacted a wide range of measures to make an immediate difference and continue to build on longer-term strategies. 

March 13, 2017

A housing study for First Nations Elders and developing social networks are among the projects benefiting seniors in the 18 B.C. communities receiving a total of $342,430 in age-friendly community planning and project grants this year.

March 12, 2017

A $20,000 age-friendly grant has been provided to the District of Wells to support its aging well in Wells community plan.

March 12, 2017

A $20,000 age-friendly grant has been provided to three North Shore municipalities to support the creation of a dementia-friendly action plan.


Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information on topics such as water quality, emergency room closures, boil water advisories and more, to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into these topics and more, with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

Emergency Room Closure Information

Food Inspections

Influenza (Flu)

Water 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.

March 17, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – PastaCo.

March 14, 2017

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – King’s Family Inc.

March 12, 2017

Distribution – Possibly National. Recalling firm – Industry.

March 10, 2017

Distribution: National. Company / Firm: New Era Nutrition Inc.

March 9, 2017

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Campbell Soup Company 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.

March 21, 2017

On certain motorhomes, the certification label on the trailer hitch may have not have the correct weight capacity information. This could cause the trailer hitch to be inadvertently overloaded causing it to fail, resulting in the loss of the towed vehicle and/or trailer, which would increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Labels will be mailed to owners of affected vehicles, along with instructions for proper installation. Note: This is an expansion of recall 2016-563.

March 20, 2017

The plastic seat can crack or break, posing a fall hazard.

March 20, 2017

A child can exit the slide before entering the pool, posing a fall hazard that can result in serious injury.

March 20, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized several unauthorized health products from EPCA Shipping Inc. at 1115-11871 Horseshoe Way, Richmond BC (see list below). The products are promoted to treat cancer, infertility, respiratory diseases, enlarged thyroid and erectile dysfunction, and are labelled to contain various prescription drugs that may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians. EPCA Shipping Inc. is the Canadian distribution centre for www.extremepeptides.com.

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.

March 17, 2017

In China, human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) follows a seasonal pattern with increases in reported cases occurring between October and May each year. The public health risk posed by avian influenza A(H7N9) virus to Canada is considered low based on available information. The risk assessment will be updated as new information arises. 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.

March 17, 2017

Overall, the decline in influenza activity in Canada has been slow compared to previous seasons. Many parts of Canada, particulary in the Eastern and Atlantic regions are still reporting elevated activity in week 10. 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.

March 16, 2017

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. 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.

March 16, 2017

Zika virus infection is caused by a virus which is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. 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.

March 15, 2017

In Canada, 1 new case of measles was reported in week 9, 2017. 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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