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.

If you are looking for information on influenza (flu), go to the 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

January 8, 2018
Fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, part of the early screening process for colon cancer, resumes following a temporary suspension.
January 4, 2018
A recent spike in influenza activity throughout the region is prompting Fraser Health to remind people to get their flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones.
January 2, 2018
The provincial government will soon be providing universal, no-cost coverage for the drug Mifegymiso.
December 29, 2017
As we welcome 2018, confirmed outbreaks of Influenza A are appearing in long-term care facilities in the Nanaimo-Parksville area. Also, there are sporadic laboratory reports of people in communities throughout Vancouver Island with confirmed cases of the flu.
December 28, 2017
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.
December 22, 2017
Immunizations will be offered at public health centres through drop-in clinics or booked appointments, and at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations throughout the Okanagan.
December 20, 2017
To help save lives and prevent overdose deaths, take-home naloxone kits are now available at community pharmacies throughout British Columbia, free to people who use opioids or are likely to witness an overdose, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced today.
December 18, 2017
Interior Health has declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease (serotype W) in the Okanagan area among teens. VCH Public Health is recommending that teens at risk get immunized for free.
December 15, 2017
Since June 2017, there have been five confirmed cases of meningococcal disease due to serogroup W reported in the Okanagan region among those aged 16-19 years.
December 14, 2017
Interior Health announced they are offering immunization clinics throughout the Okanagan for individuals in grades 9-12 and persons aged 15-19 years old who do not attend school. Over the past six months, Interior Health has seen an increasing number of cases of meningococcal disease in this age group.

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.

December 15, 2017

Since June 2017, there have been five confirmed cases of meningococcal disease due to serogroup W reported in the Okanagan region among those aged 16-19 years.

December 4, 2017

Vancouver - The BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health are reminding operators and employees in BC’s 12,000 food service establishments to check their FOODSAFE certification to ensure they meet the requirements under BC’s Public Health Act.

November 10, 2017

Two cases of meningococcal disease have been reported among students of one high school in Interior Health, occurring over a six week period.

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.

January 12, 2018

Health Minister Adrian Dix has released a report on the review of Island Health’s IHealth system.

January 4, 2018

Further to the Ministry of Health’s announcement in January 2017, regarding the expansion of the HPV immunization program to Grade 6 boys in British Columbia, the ministry has entered into a settlement with Nelson and Elliot Roy to resolve their human rights complaint.

January 2, 2018

The provincial government will soon be providing universal, no-cost coverage for the drug Mifegymiso.

December 29, 2017

The race for the top baby name for boys born in B.C. in 2017 is close. Benjamin is out in front so far, according to the Vital Statistics Agency's preliminary statistics from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017.

December 28, 2017

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.


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.

January 11, 2018

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm - Korea Food Trading.

January 11, 2018

Distribution – Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm - Pan Asia Food Co. Ltd.

January 10, 2018

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Imperial Caviar & Seafood.

January 9, 2018

Distribution – New Brunswick, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec. Recalling firm – Imperial Caviar & Seafood.

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.

January 15, 2018

The power adapter wall plugs units could crack or break, or remain in the wall and expose live electrical contacts, posing a risk of electric shock.

January 15, 2018

The recalled product is contaminated with the bacteria Enterobacter cloacae. Enterobacter could pose a risk of infection to consumers, especially those with weakened immune systems.

January 15, 2018

Testing performed by Wal-Mart Canada Corp. showed that the surface coating material on the print of the storage bag does not meet the Canadian toy safety requirements, as it exceeds allowable limit for barium.

January 11, 2018

The glass diffuser can detach and fall, posing an impact injury hazard.

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.

January 15, 2018

Dengue is a disease spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. 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.

January 15, 2018

Dengue is a disease spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. 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.

January 15, 2018

Dengue is a disease spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. 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.

January 12, 2018

Overall, influenza activity in Canada is high and continues to increase. Most indicators of influenza activity increased in week 01, and are in the higher range of expected levels for this time of year. The majority of influenza detections continue to be A(H3N2), although the proportion of detections that are influenza B has been increasing steadily. 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.

January 12, 2018

Overall, influenza activity in Canada is high and continues to increase. Most indicators of influenza activity increased in week 01, and are in the higher range of expected levels for this time of year. The majority of influenza detections continue to be A(H3N2), although the proportion of detections that are influenza B has been increasing steadily. 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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