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

April 24, 2019
Island Health recognizes that people are concerned about their immunization status. There are seven lab-confirmed cases of measles on Vancouver Island
April 23, 2019
Catch-up program offers clinics across the region.
April 17, 2019
Following outbreaks of measles occurring around the globe, the Government of British Columbia launched a Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program to ensure children in B.C. are protected from measles.
April 16, 2019
Travellers are being alerted to one case of measles in an infectious individual who travelled from Tokyo to Vancouver, B.C. on a Japan Airlines flight.
April 16, 2019
A new case of measles infection has been identified in the Lower Mainland. Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health have determined that the infection was acquired abroad.
April 15, 2019
Victoria – Island Health has received lab reports from the latest suspected measles case and those results have come back negative. As a result, the potential exposure sites listed today are no longer considered exposure sites.
April 14, 2019
An active case of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed at College of New Caledonia in Prince George, and Northern Health is following up with all those who may be at risk to ensure they are assessed.
April 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.
April 11, 2019
As many students prepare for final exams, Fraser Health is reminding them to get help if they are starting to feel stressed as the school year winds down.
April 10, 2019
Victoria, BC – Island Health has confirmed one new case of measles infection on the South Island.

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.

April 25, 2019

Government is transforming everyday health care for people living in Richmond by establishing three primary care networks (PCNs), which will bring additional health-care resources and support to the region.

April 24, 2019

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.s provincial health officer (PHO), has released her report entitled Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People Who Use Drugs in BC, as part of an effort to mitigate the provincial overdose crisis.

April 17, 2019

People in Prince George will soon have better access to team-based everyday health care, with the new Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) anticipated to open in June 2019 and the launch of a primary-care network (PCN).  

April 17, 2019

Enhanced critical and emergency care are on the way for people in the North Cariboo, as the business plan has been approved for a new emergency department and intensive care unit (ICU) at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel.

April 13, 2019

Physicians in British Columbia have ratified a new three-year agreement with government that will work to support the shift to team-based care and better access to health care for people.


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.

April 24, 2019

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Concord Premium Meats Ltd.

April 23, 2019

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Possibly National, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd.

April 18, 2019

Distribution – British Columbia, and Alberta. Recalling firm – Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd.

April 17, 2019

Distribution – Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – TJX Canada

April 17, 2019

Distribution - British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Possibly National. Recalling firm - Belmont Meat Products.

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.

April 24, 2019

The affected fireplaces have a gap in the outer cabinet, which may cause nearby wood framing studs to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

April 24, 2019

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the recalled jewellery contains lead in excess of allowable limits.

April 24, 2019

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the recalled jewellery contains lead in excess of allowable limits.

April 23, 2019

The product label has incorrect THC and total THC values, where the THC and total THC labelled is higher than the actual THC and total THC in the product.

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.

April 18, 2019

In Canada, six new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 14, 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.

April 18, 2019

Due to the shortened reporting week, not all data providers were able to report their data. A second smaller wave of sustained influenza activity, dominated by A(H3N2), continues to be observed in 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.

April 18, 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.

April 17, 2019

April 10, 2019 - Parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by tropical cyclone Idai. 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.

April 12, 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.

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