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.

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

July 19, 2018
Several wildfires are creating smoky skies across Okanagan communities and residents living in close vicinity to a fire are reminded to take precautions to protect their lung health.
July 17, 2018
Victoria - Extremely toxic death cap mushrooms (Amanita phalloides) have been observed growing in Greater Victoria.
July 16, 2018
Weather forecasters are calling for a hot stretch across much of our region. There are a few things to keep in mind as the mercury rises, such as wearing sunscreen, keeping food chilled so that it’s safe to eat, and generally protecting yourself and others from the hot temperatures.
July 16, 2018
VANCOUVER ISLAND – With temperatures forecast to rise across Vancouver Island, it’s important to know the risks associated with excessive heat and take precautions to stay safe and healthy.
July 16, 2018
Heat warning in effect for Okanagan Valley.
July 16, 2018
Heat warning in effect for Metro Vancouver.
July 13, 2018
KAMLOOPS - A large grassfire on the south side of Thompson River in Kamloops Thursday serves as a reminder to all residents to look after their lung health when they are living in close vicinity to a fire.
July 5, 2018
Vancouver Island - Island Health is urging everyone to be vigilant if they choose to consume substances at festivals this summer.
July 4, 2018
Travellers and public health officials are being alerted to one case of measles in an infectious individual who travelled from India to Vancouver, B.C. on recent China Southern flights.
June 29, 2018
Summer brings many things, including enjoying our time on the many lakes in northern BC. For those living on lakes year round, part time, or just visiting, it’s important to stay healthy while enjoying the experience.

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.

July 6, 2018

To provide better health care for a growing region of the province, the B.C. government has greenlit a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley.

July 4, 2018

People in the South Peace region will benefit from a redeveloped and expanded Dawson Creek and District Hospital, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

July 3, 2018

People in B.C. will have coverage of insulin pumps for Type 1 diabetes, regardless of age, following up on the initial announcement, starting Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

June 26, 2018

People throughout B.C. are benefiting from expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), as strong uptake for the publicly funded drug continues to grow.

June 18, 2018

The Ministry of Health is investing $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.


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.

July 13, 2018

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Hain Celestial Canada, ULC.

July 12, 2018

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Bloom Global Foods Inc.

July 5, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – AJ International Trading

June 29, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – AJ International Trading

June 29, 2018

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – The Butcher's Blend

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.

July 18, 2018

K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast 11lb bags, batch number #150517, that were imported into the Canadian market in July 2017 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other K9 Natural products are affected in Canada.

July 18, 2018

The pet food may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and there is risk of cross contamination and illness after handling the pet food.

July 18, 2018

The automatic chain brake does not easily engage when the saw kicks back, possibly exposing the user to contact with the chain while it is still moving, posing a laceration hazard.

July 17, 2018

The battery box of the affected product may melt when the lights are turned on, posing fire and burn hazards.

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.

July 19, 2018

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.

July 19, 2018

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 27, 2018. 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.

July 19, 2018

Information regarding returning travellers 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.

July 18, 2018

Progress Report highlighting the federal government’s success in achieving its objectives under the Federal Action Plan 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.

July 12, 2018

In Canada, two new cases of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 26, 2018. 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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If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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