Public Health Alerts

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.

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.

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.

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June 13, 2024

People on the South Island experiencing a mental health or substance use issue that does not require a hospital visit can now access a same-day assessment appointment and/or walk-in counselling at Island Health’s Central Access and Rapid Engagement Services (CARES) in Victoria. People experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency should always call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency department immediately.

June 12, 2024

As B.C. transitions into warmer, drier summer months, the Province continues to take action to help keep people and communities safe from wildfires. This includes additional and faster support for people evacuated from their homes during an emergency.

June 12, 2024

Overdoses are increasing in Cowichan. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 12, 2024

Overdoses are increasing in Campbell River. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 11, 2024

Beige/ yellow chunks sold as Fentanyl contain high concentrations of Medetomidine and are associated with multiple overdoses.

June 10, 2024

Algae are a natural part of our water ecosystems in the Interior Health region. Blue-green algae are also found in our ecosystems like lakes. But unlike its name implies, blue-green algae are actually a microscopic bacteria called cyanobacteria.

June 6, 2024

June 6, 2024. VCH has issued a drug alert. Dark green pressed tablet with imprints “CDN” and “80” sold as oxycodone in the DTES of Vancouver tested positive for fentanyl and benzos and negative for oxycodone.

June 5, 2024

June 5, 2024 - Overdoses are increasing in Parksville/Oceanside. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 3, 2024

An Island Health ICU doctor is encouraging parents to be aware of potential poisoning risks in the home, this Safe Kids Week, June 3 to 9.

May 31, 2024

With warmer temperatures on the way and weather experts forecasting a hot summer, Fraser Health is encouraging people to plan ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones during heat events.

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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 15, 2024
More people in B.C. will receive primary health care with the opening of British Columbia’s first dedicated francophone community health centre.
June 15, 2024
Harwinder Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services, has issued the following statement in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2024:
June 14, 2024
People in B.C. continue to benefit from the Province’s biosimilars initiative as cost savings increase and are reinvested into BC PharmaCare to further improve access to drug coverage. 
June 7, 2024
The Province has announced that Sherri Young will lead the new Office of the Superintendent of Health Professions and Occupations Oversight.
June 7, 2024
Patients requiring emergency travel for medical care will benefit from a new state-of-the-art fleet of air ambulance airplanes.

Last Updated: June 11, 2024

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

Places to keep cool

When it’s too hot outside, many public places and municipal buildings can offer you a place to cool down. Local community centres, malls, pools and libraries usually have air-conditioned areas open to the public. Most communities in British Columbia have waterparks, wading pools and beaches where you can cool down. Local government websites often list community centres, fountains, libraries, swimming pools, water parks and wading pools.

Find a list of cooling centres in your area.

If your local community is not listed, please call your local municipality or check their website to see where air-conditioned cooling centres are located. You can also contact your local library to see if they are open.

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Health Authority News Releases

For latest updates from your Health Authority, see:

Mental Health and Substance Use

 

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 RSS

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 14, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains gluten which is not declared on the label.
June 14, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it may contain wheat which is not declared on the label.
June 10, 2024
Panchvati Supermarket brand Black Pepper Powder Coarse recalled due to presence of sand and dirt.
June 10, 2024
Various brands of Cheese recalled due to Staphylococcus aureus. 
June 7, 2024
The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to potential for consumption of unsafe levels of caffeine.

Public Health Agency of Canada RSS

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 14, 2024
In week 23 (week ending June 8, 2024) in Canada, percent positivity is currently highest for enterovirus/rhinovirus (11.8% positive) and SARS-CoV-2 (9.7% positive) among respiratory viruses under surveillance.
June 13, 2024
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 22, 2024.
June 7, 2024
In week 22 (week ending June 1, 2024) in Canada, percent positivity is currently highest for enterovirus/rhinovirus (11.0% positive) among respiratory viruses under surveillance.
June 5, 2024
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 21, 2024.
May 31, 2024
In Canada, 1 new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 20, 2024.