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

March 22, 2019
A second case of measles infection has been confirmed in the Interior Health region, in 100 Mile House.
March 20, 2019
The Province is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help B.C. families ensure their children are protected from measles. The program will run from April through June 2019.
March 20, 2019
The First Nations Health Authority and Northern Health are warning the public following probable cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) associated with consuming butter clams harvested during November 2018 on Dundas Island.
March 15, 2019
Island Health recognizes that people are concerned about their immunization status. Fortunately, there have been no cases of measles on Vancouver Island.
March 12, 2019
There have been a number of confirmed cases of measles in British Columbia. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions.
March 9, 2019
A case of measles infection has been confirmed in the Interior Health region, in 100 Mile House.
February 27, 2019
Immunization locations and latest news on the measles outbreak in VCH.
February 24, 2019
Two new cases of measles infection have been reported to Vancouver Coastal Health. Both people acquired the infection while traveling abroad. One person lives in the VCH region and the other was traveling through Richmond and YVR (Vancouver International Airport) en route to Edmonton, then the Northwest Territories.
February 22, 2019
Vancouver, BC – Two additional cases of measles infection have been identified in the Lower Mainland. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has determined that one infection is linked to a previously known case of measles.
February 15, 2019
Due to recent cases of measles in the Vancouver area, BC Children’s Hospital is providing advice on what to do if you are concerned that your child has been exposed to measles.

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 21, 2019

People in Burnaby will soon have increased access to team-based health care with the launch of three primary-care networks (PCNs) and the opening of the new Burnaby Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) in May 2019.

March 20, 2019

The Province is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help B.C. families ensure their children are protected from measles.

March 13, 2019

Seniors in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are benefiting from an investment of over $9.1 million in 2018-19 to increase staffing levels and ensure that seniors get the care they need in residential care homes.

March 13, 2019

The Indigenous Primary Health and Wellness Home is the first clinic of its kind in Fraser Health.

March 7, 2019

Thousands of people at the highest risk of acquiring HIV in B.C. are benefiting after a successful year since government expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).


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

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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.

March 21, 2019

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Renée's Gourmet Foods Inc.

March 21, 2019

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Monster Energy Canada Ltd.

March 20, 2019

Distribution – British Columbia, possibly national. Recalling firm - OM Foods Inc

March 20, 2019

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Sofina Foods Inc.

March 17, 2019

Distribution – Ontario and Quebec. Recalling firm – Pur-Natural Ingredients of Canada

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 22, 2019

Affected products Product DIN Product Code Lot Expiry Extraneal 2L/2L Twinbag 02240806 JB9912 W9B28T0 02/29/2020 Extraneal 7.5% 2.5L SYSII 02240806 JB9923LP W9C05T1 03/31/2020

March 20, 2019

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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 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 - The current situation 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.

March 21, 2019

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.

March 20, 2019

In Canada, four new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 10, 2019. 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, 2019

Cases of measles have been reported in Israel, Japan, and the Philippines. 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, 2019

The list of jurisdictions currently experiencing an outbreak of measles 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.

Is it an emergency?

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