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.

For information to help you and your family during the flu season, see the Influenza (Flu) section of the Public Health Alerts – 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

August 7, 2019
The mosquito species most likely to carry West Nile virus is most active in August.
July 30, 2019
Smoke from wildfires around B.C. can trigger serious health issues for children, especially if they have chronic respiratory or cardiac conditions.
July 26, 2019
A Burnaby resident who travelled abroad to the Philippines, has been confirmed to have the measles infection.
July 25, 2019
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, provided the latest update on the measles immunization catch-up program.
July 24, 2019
Trauma Services BC has tips to keep you and your loved ones safe around water this summer.
July 19, 2019
Increasing temperatures and dry weather over the summer months have contributed to the rise in wildfires across the province.
July 15, 2019
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, has confirmed a rare case of viral rabies infection in a British Columbia resident, who has subsequently died.
July 15, 2019
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.
July 9, 2019
Interior Health is advising residents that drinking water can be impacted during and after floods. If you are unsure of the safety of your water or uncertain about how it is impacted, then you should use an alternate source that is not affected by floods, such as bottled water.
July 8, 2019
Wildfires are a regular part of summer in British Columbia, and with wildfires comes the potential for wildfire smoke pollution. The best way to protect your health from wildfire smoke pollution is to be prepared with ways to reduce your exposure to smoke. Here are seven steps that you can take to prepare for wildfire smoke events:

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.

August 21, 2019

People in assisted living residences, including supportive recovery homes, will have access to more care options and added protection as amendments to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act come into force.

August 9, 2019

People in B.C. and across Canada are now better protected against excessive drug prices set by manufacturers, as federal regulatory amendments for the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) have been announced.

August 8, 2019

People living on the North Shore will soon have better access to team-based everyday health care with the opening of the new North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC).

August 1, 2019

The British Columbia government has delivered a letter to David Lametti, federal Minister of Justice, condemning conversion therapy and is calling on the Government of Canada to add the practice to the Criminal Code. 

August 1, 2019

As the Province eliminates Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums for British Columbians, an updated payment method will ensure international students continue to contribute to, and benefit from, B.C.‘s health-care coverage.


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

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Forest Fires

Flooding

Gypsy Moth

Heat and Other Weather Alerts

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.

August 20, 2019

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Golden Boy Foods Ltd.

August 20, 2019

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Reuven International Ltd

August 19, 2019

Distribution – Ontario, Possibly National. Recalling firm – Kananaskistrade.

August 17, 2019

Distribution – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Possibly National. Recalling firm – Rosemount Sales and Marketing

August 16, 2019

Distribution - British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador. Recalling firm - Kraft Heinz Canada.

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.

August 20, 2019

The recalled product does not meet the labelling requirements for consumer chemical products under the Consumer Chemical and Container Regulations, 2001.

August 19, 2019

The base of the farm jack may collapse under certain load conditions, potentially resulting in the jack and any equipment to fall on a person working in close proximity.

August 19, 2019

August 20, 2019 For immediate release

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.

August 20, 2019

As of surveillance week 32, ending on August 10, 2019, two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported. 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.

August 16, 2019

In Canada, one new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 31, 2019. 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.

August 15, 2019

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.

August 13, 2019

As of surveillance week 31, ending on August 3, 2019, one probable human cases of West Nilevirus (WNV) in Ontario has been reported. 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.

August 9, 2019

In Canada, one new case of measles and no new cases of rubella were reported in week 30, 2019. 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.
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