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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To learn more about the coronavirus, symptoms, how it spreads and prevention visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health feature.

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

September 18, 2020
Provincial Lab Medicine Services, the Public Health Lab, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) worked together to launch the unique program, the first of its kind in Canada.
September 18, 2020
This expanded service in Surrey will be able to conduct as many as 800 tests daily.
September 18, 2020
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
September 17, 2020
Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Peace Arch Hospital after evidence of transmission in a Rehab unit. One patient in this unit has tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.
September 16, 2020
September 16, 2020 ​Update: Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to red onions imported from the United States. Check for onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA.
September 16, 2020
Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Delta Hospital after evidence of transmission in a Medicine unit. Two patients at Delta Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.
September 16, 2020
There have been multiple reports of opioid overdoses including seizure presentation. A recent sample of ‘down’ tested in Vernon has shown positive for AMB FUB (synthetic cannabinoid) which is known to cause seizures.
September 16, 2020
With more than 40 per cent of school-aged children living in the Fraser Health region, Fraser Health has created an online resource that will provide timely and accurate information to parents, teachers, and students about COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools in the region as they occur.
September 16, 2020
CASTLEGAR/SALMO–Interior Health(IH)is urging attendees of a camping event at the Bombi Summit (between Castlegar and Salmo) to self-monitor after a large gathering occurred Sept.12 and 13, 2020.
September 15, 2020
Air quality has deteriorated throughout BC recently as a result of wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California.

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.

July 24, 2020

​British Columbia is experiencing an outbreak of Salmonella infections.

June 17, 2020

New research shows asthma rates are falling, thanks to efforts by physicians to avoid prescribing antibiotics to young children, except when necessary.

May 12, 2020

How has COVID-19 affected your life, your family and your future?

November 8, 2019

​More than 50,000 kits containing the life-saving medication naloxone have been used to reverse opioid overdoses in B.C.

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.

July 7, 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

July 6, 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

July 3, 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

July 2, 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

July 2, 2020

A new state-of-the-art emergency department and intensive care unit at Richmond Hospital will bring more services and better care for people in this growing community. 


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

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

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.

September 18, 2020

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Sunsprout Natural Foods.

September 17, 2020

Distribution - British Columbia. Recalling firm - Kootenay Co-op.

September 17, 2020

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Loblaw Companies Limited.

September 16, 2020

Distribution - Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. Recalling firm - Goodfood Market Corp.

September 3, 2020

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Canadian Tire Corporation 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.

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.

September 17, 2020

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.

September 15, 2020

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 36, 2020. 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.

September 15, 2020

As of surveillance week 35, ending on August 29, 2020, twenty-two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported. 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.

September 10, 2020

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.

September 10, 2020

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 35, 2020. 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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