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

June 27, 2017
Interior Health is urging Okanagan residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider in the wake of an increasing overdose trend over the past several months. The Okanagan has had 50 overdose deaths in the first four months of 2017 compared to 76 in all of 2016.
June 27, 2017
Health Canada has approved Fraser Health to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances in addition to injections at its two supervised consumption sites in Surrey – the first time such an exemption has been granted in Canada.
June 23, 2017
While warm weather is pleasant and eagerly anticipated in British Columbia, hot temperatures can be dangerous. Everyone is at risk of heat related illness, but in particular, children, seniors and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable.
June 15, 2017
Agropur Cooperative (Est. 4415) is recalling Island Farms, Lucerne and Natrel brand milk products from the marketplace due to the potential presence of harmful extraneous material.
June 14, 2017
Nature's Path Foods Inc. is recalling Nature's Path brand Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
June 7, 2017
Rogers Foods Ltd. is recalling Rogers brand All Purpose flour from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product.
June 7, 2017
When some people think about bats, they see them as ugly, scary, nasty little creatures and harmful blood-sucking pests. That might be true… in the movies. The truth is that bats are far more benign and indeed, play an important role in the BC ecosystem. Unfortunately, we continue to exterminate bats and may even actively kill them. Or we inadvertently destroy their roosting sites. That means bats as a whole remain threatened.
June 6, 2017
Effective today Interior Health will be offering overdose prevention services in Kamloops using a mobile unit. The mobile unit enhances the current overdose prevention sites and will be situated at both a downtown and north shore location in Kamloops.
June 6, 2017
Fraser Health will open the first of two supervised consumption sites in Surrey this week with the second one opening next week. The sites will help reverse overdoses and connect people to treatment services in an area that has seen one of the highest overdose rates throughout the public health emergency.
May 31, 2017
An increase in the number of cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is being seen in the Princeton area. Interior Health would like to remind the public about the importance of making sure your immunizations are up to date.

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.

April 13, 2017

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall has issued the following statement: 

April 7, 2017

The Province is providing $1.746 million for palliative and hospice care in British Columbia to support patients and caregivers.

April 7, 2017

Several Kelowna-region family doctors are welcoming nurses to their practice teams, to expand access and support more patients with their health needs.

April 7, 2017

The Province is moving forward with projects at University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) to improve patient care.

April 7, 2017

Six-year-old Sammy Holmes was presented a ceremonial key to the new Teck Acute Care Centre by Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake, commemorating the many milestones achieved by the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project.


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

Forest Fires

Food Inspections

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.

June 26, 2017

Distribution - Quebec and New Brunswick. Recalling firm – Naturiste Inc.

June 22, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Lost Acre Variety

June 21, 2017

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm – Hung Wang Food 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.

June 26, 2017

OTTAWA – Health Canada is reminding Canadians that it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough, batter, or any other product containing uncooked flour, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli.

June 25, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized unauthorized “Jupiter” and “Kratom Zone” kratom products from two retail stores in Edmonton, AB. Kratom may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled.

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.

June 28, 2017

In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported in week 24, 2017. 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.

June 28, 2017

Dementia is the loss of mental function affecting daily activities, caused by brain diseases and brain injuries. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. 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.

June 23, 2017

FluWatch report: May 21 – June 17, 2017 (weeks 21-24) 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.

June 23, 2017

The Hajj is the spiritual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 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.

June 23, 2017

Weekly reports presenting tables and graphs illustrating numbers of tests performed and numbers positive for influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza, and adenovirus reported, by selected laboratories, to the Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System. 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?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

Thanks to our partners and endorsers: