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 emergency room closures, food inspections, influenza (flu) season, and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts

September 28, 2016
​Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use leaders issued an alert Thursday morning to all drug users in the community – especially youth – who may be in danger of overdose even though they use drugs only “recreationally.”
September 15, 2016
Vancouver – The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is reminding British Columbians to take precautions, including cleaning your hands regularly and staying home when ill, to protect yourself and others from respiratory viruses that typically circulate at this time of year.
September 9, 2016
Everyone deserves the opportunity to live long, healthy and rewarding lives. Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to learn about the supports available for those facing mental-health or substance-use issues in B.C.
August 31, 2016
Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and director of police services Clayton Pecknold released a statement in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2016.
August 31, 2016
For the first time, drug checking is being offered to clients at Insite so that they can see if their drugs contain fentanyl. So far in the first month of checking, when clients checked heroin or mixtures containing heroin, fentanyl was found in 90 per cent of drugs.

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.

September 27, 2016

Health Minister Terry Lake announced today that $500,000 in Age-friendly Community Planning and Project grants are now available for local governments to help make their communities more inclusive for older adults.

September 21, 2016

British Columbia continues to take action to reduce overdose deaths.

September 19, 2016

The Province has provided $60,000 to train a group of clinicians working with high-risk children on northern Vancouver Island.

September 16, 2016

The creation of three dedicated telehealth consultation rooms is among many new features in the new Clinical Services Building  that have provided patients with more seamless access to their outpatient appointments at Royal Inland Hospital.

September 15, 2016

A third ambulance will be added in Maple Ridge to improve the ability of paramedics to respond to local patients and those in surrounding communities. An additional ambulance will also be added in the Tri-Cities.


Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information on topics such as water quality, emergency room closures, boil water advisories and more, to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into these topics and more, 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

Emergency Room Closure Information

Food Inspections

Forest Fires

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.

September 21, 2016

Distribution - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and possibly National. Recalling firm - Canda Six Fortune Enterprise Co., Ltd.

September 20, 2016

Distribution – British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, possibly national. Recalling firm - AFOD Ltd.

September 15, 2016

Distribution – New Brunswick, Ontario, possibly national. Recalling firm - Lemond Food Corp.

September 15, 2016

Distribution – New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, possibly national. Recalling firm - XXX.

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.

September 26, 2016

The dome on the light fixture can detach and fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury from impact.

September 26, 2016

The overshoe bears a mark that does not comply with the CSA standard. As such, the product may pose a risk to the wearer.

September 25, 2016

Further to a recent advisory, Health Canada is informing Canadians that Healthy Body Services Inc. is expanding its voluntary recall of Allmax-brand “Rapidcuts Shredded” capsules (NPN 80041658). All lots are now being recalled as a precaution after certain lots were found to contain an undeclared prescription drug (yohimbine hydrochloride). Taking a prescription drug unknowingly and without the supervision of a healthcare professional can pose serious health risks. The product is promoted as a work-out stimulant and fat-burner, and is sold at various retail outlets across Canada.

September 22, 2016

The carrier's side straps may loosen unexpectedly from the buckle, posing a fall hazard to the child in the carrier.

September 22, 2016

The recalled products are sold to consumers with the inner foam liner in the helmet detached from the outer plastic shell, which poses a head injury hazard.

Public Health Agency of Canada

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.

September 23, 2016

The Government of Canada is aware of the Enterovirus (EV)-D68 cases in Canada, and is closely monitoring this issue in collaboration with the provinces and territories. 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 23, 2016

Zika virus infection is caused by a virus which is primarily spread 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.

September 22, 2016

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 22, 2016

Inside this issue: 1. How perceptions of community environment influence health behaviours: using the Analysis Grid for Environments Linked to Obesity Framework as a mechanism for exploration 2. Estimating bias in derived body mass index in the Maternity Experiences Survey 3. Childhood overweight and obesity trends in Canada 4. Call for papers: The food environment in Canada... 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 21, 2016

In Canada, no new cases of measles were reported for week 36, 2016. 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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