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

October 16, 2017
Industry is recalling certain Pacific Oysters (farm raised) from the marketplace due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). Consumers should not consume, and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled products described below.
October 12, 2017
A contaminated drug supply continues to pose risk to people using substances.
October 3, 2017
Fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, part of the early screening process for colon cancer, has been suspended temporarily for BC residents to ensure tests meet performance standards.
September 14, 2017
Young adults heading off to high school, college and university should ensure they’re protected against the mumps, public health officials advise, as the number of new cases continues to rise.
September 8, 2017
Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to persist until there is a change in the weather. Air quality continues to be affected by the current weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest, which has caused smoke to be transported into our region from wildfires burning in Washington state and the interior of BC.
September 5, 2017
The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus in pineapple chunks has identified additional products that may be affected.
September 5, 2017
Southern British Columbia experienced intense fire activity over the recent long weekend, and based on the weather outlook, this will continue for the foreseeable future. Residents of areas currently experiencing wildfires are urged to prepare ahead in case of an evacuation alert or order.
September 5, 2017
An unusually strong ridge pattern is bringing extreme heat to the Lower Mainland. Temperatures have climbed into the mid to upper thirties at inland locations. These conditions are expected to continue today and Wednesday.
September 4, 2017
Metro Vancouver is now issuing an Air Quality Advisory for today, September 4, 2017, for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to persist until there is a change in the weather.
September 1, 2017
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning consumers that Hepatitis A virus has been detected in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks sold in ready-to-go cups.

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.

August 31, 2017

Vancouver – The fifth anniversary of the Take-Home Naloxone Program, which has reversed over 10,000 opioid overdoes so far, marks a bittersweet milestone for the harm reduction team at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

August 16, 2017

Vancouver – In a report released this morning by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), 10 recommended areas for action have been identified to help prevent illegal drug overdoses and reduce the number of deaths occurring in the province.

July 11, 2017

Vancouver – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is working with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) on a new project to develop a more timely and accurate way to communicate information about clusters of drug overdoses and drug contamination alerts.

June 16, 2017

With a supply of street drugs so toxic more than four people die from overdoses each day in BC, what more can policy makers, public health officials and other partners do to make the response more effective?

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.

October 16, 2017

Health Minister Adrian Dix has issued the following statement regarding the proclamation of Spiritual Health Care Week in British Columbia, Oct. 16-22, 2017:

September 27, 2017

Premier John Horgan today announced the appointment of Adrian Dix as Minister Responsible for the Francophone Affairs Program. The new responsibility is in addition to his role as Minister of Health.

September 22, 2017

The Government of British Columbia has appointed four new board chairs and 11 new members to health authorities’ boards of directors.

September 22, 2017

The Government of British Columbia has appointed Jim Sinclair as board chair for Fraser Health, and Willie Charlie and Opreet Kang as board members.

September 22, 2017

The Government of British Columbia has appointed Dr. Doug Cochrane as new board chair for Interior Health, and Dr. Selena Lawrie and Cindy Stewart as board members.


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.

Food Inspections

Influenza (Flu)

Water Quality

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.

October 16, 2017

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories. Recalling firm – Industry.

October 16, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm - Vantage Foods (ON) Inc.

October 16, 2017

Distribution – national. Recalling firm - Sofina Foods Inc.

October 13, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Yummy Market Inc.

October 2, 2017

Distribution - National. Recalling firm - Mondelez Canada Inc.

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.

October 16, 2017

Costume and decoration safety

October 16, 2017

The rocker seat can separate from the base, posing a fall hazard.

October 16, 2017

Following recent complaints, Health Canada initiated a review to verify whether the Cord Blood Bank of Canada, a private cord blood bank, was in compliance with the acts and regulations that apply to cord blood in Canada.

October 16, 2017

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the marabou trim on the Secret Wishes "Kissable Kitty" costume does not meet the requirements for textile flammability under Canadian law.

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.

October 13, 2017

Plague is a disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. 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.

October 13, 2017

Influenza activity remains at interseasonal levels across the country. The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza remains higher for this time of year compared to previous seasons. The majority of influenza detections continue to be A(H3N2). 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.

October 12, 2017

During week 39, September 24 to September 30, 2017, two confirmed clinical cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) from Ontario were reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Retrospectively, twelve additional cases were reported: one in Québec, and eleven in Ontario. 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.

October 12, 2017

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.

October 11, 2017

In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 39, 2017. One province (Ontario) has an active measles case. A total of 45 cases of measles, and zero cases of rubella have been reported in Canada in 2017. Globally, there are large outbreaks reported in Europe which have affected several countries. 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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