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.

Most Recent Alerts RSS

April 19, 2024

Northern Health is issuing an overdose advisory for the community of Terrace due to an increase in drug poisoning/overdose events.

April 19, 2024

Northern Health is issuing an overdose advisory for the community of Prince George due to an increase in drug poisoning/overdose events.

April 19, 2024

Chilliwack and area residents will have improved access to team-based urgent and primary care in the evenings and on weekends with the opening of a new Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).

April 18, 2024

Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ADVISORY for Vernon after an increase in occurrences of xylazine found in DOWN.

April 18, 2024

If you choose to use cannabis on 4/20 or beyond, it's important to know the risks associated with cannabis use so you can stay healthy, well and safe.

April 18, 2024

***Drug Alert - West Kootenays - April 18, 2024*** Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ADVISORY for West Kootenays after multiple samples of down were found to have high concentrations of fluorofentanyl and bromazolam.

April 17, 2024

White crystals sold as down in the DTES of Vancouver tested positive for 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) and negative for fentanyl and other opioid.

April 17, 2024

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

April 16, 2024

The 14th of April, 2024, marked eight years since British Columbia (BC) declared a public health emergency due to increased drug poisonings. Since then, more than 14,000 people have died due to toxic substances.

April 16, 2024

Advance care planning (ACP) is about thinking ahead and writing down what’s important to you so your loved ones and health-care team can honour your wishes if you’re unable to speak for yourself. It can begin at any stage of life and can be revisited throughout your life journey.

Ministry of Health RSS

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 19, 2024
Chilliwack and area residents will have improved access to team-based urgent and primary care in the evenings and on weekends with the opening of a new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC).
April 17, 2024
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has issued the following statement in recognition of Medical Laboratory Week, April 14-20, 2024:
April 16, 2024
People are one step closer to accessing enhanced cancer care services as a business plan for the new BC Cancer centre at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has been approved.
April 16, 2024
Harwinder Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care, has issued the following statement in recognition of Advance Care Planning Day on Tuesday, April 16, 2024:
April 15, 2024
A new community health centre will give Bowen Island residents better access to timely, team-based health care close to home.

Last Updated: January 14, 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

Warming Centres

EmergencyInfoBC will share verified cold weather event information during emergencies, including cold weather advisories and warming centres. See the BC Housing website for shelter information throughout BC. For emergency warming centres, public warming spaces, and Emergency Support Services reception centres, visit: http://EmergencyMapBC.ca  

For other cold weather-related resources, see our Your Health This Winter health feature and our Hypothermia and Cold Temperature Exposure topic.

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.

April 16, 2024
One World Foods brand Cajun BBQ Chicken Burgers recalled due to undeclared egg and soy.
April 10, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
April 5, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains gluten which is not declared on the label.
April 3, 2024
Freybe brand Pepperoni Smoked Sausage Sticks Original recalled due to pieces of metal.
March 28, 2024
Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery brand Morning Glory Muffins recalled due to undeclared egg. 

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.

April 19, 2024
In week 15, the percentage of tests positive for influenza was 7.8% and a total of 2,254 laboratory detections (525 influenza A and 1,729 influenza B) were reported.
April 18, 2024
In week 15 (week ending April 13, 2024) in Canada, percent positivity is currently highest for influenza among respiratory viruses under surveillance.
April 18, 2024
In Canada, 8 new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 14, 2024.
April 12, 2024
At the national level, most indicators of influenza activity are generally decreasing and are within or below expected levels typical of this time of year.
April 11, 2024
In week 14 (week ending April 6, 2024) in Canada, participating RVDSS laboratories reported 1,369 detections of SARS-CoV-2 from 28,886 tests (4.7% positive). Among non-SARS-CoV-2 respiratory viruses, activity of influenza is highest.