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

Most Recent Alerts

May 19, 2017
Some people think they are cute and others find them creepy. Whether you are fascinated or fearful, the bottom line is it’s important to avoid coming into physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.
May 18, 2017
An open window is much more than a way to find relief on a hot day – it’s also a serious safety hazard for young children unless parents and caregivers take precautions.
May 16, 2017
B.C.'s first overdose prevention site for women only is opening in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside through a partnership of Atira Women's Resource Society, the City of Vancouver, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
May 16, 2017
A new Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) is open in Victoria to support people who use opioids such as morphine or heroin and who are ready for treatment and beginning a path to recovery.
May 11, 2017
Inclement weather is expected in many areas of British Columbia, leading to increased water levels in the coming days for the province’s rivers, lakes and streams.
May 9, 2017
While flood waters in many areas of the Central and Southwest regions of the British Columbia are currently dropping, the Province is recommending that homeowners take proactive steps to prepare for inclement weather and possible flooding.
May 9, 2017
As part of the response on Vancouver Island to the overdose public health emergency, the Port Alberni Shelter Society and Island Health have implemented an overdose prevention site at 3699 3rd Avenue in Port Alberni.
April 12, 2017
With spring well underway in the Kamloops Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service is reminding members of the public to be careful with open fire use to help reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
April 7, 2017
As the weather warms, people across Interior Health will be spending more time outdoors in tall grass or wooded areas and this means an increased chance of getting tick bites. Ticks are small bugs that feed on the blood of humans and animals and can sometimes transmit disease.
April 4, 2017
As of March 31, the Province has opened 500 additional substance-use treatment and intervention beds throughout British Columbia, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

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 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.

Emergency Room Closure Information

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.

May 19, 2017

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario. Recalling firm – Uncle T foods Inc.

May 18, 2017

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm - AJ International Trading (2372761 Ontario Inc.)

May 16, 2017

Distribution - Nova Scotia. Recalling firm - 3296123 Nova Scotia Ltd.

May 11, 2017

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Loblaw Companies Limited.

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.

May 18, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that Garnoff Botanicals is voluntarily recalling unauthorized “High By Nature” kratom products because they may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled. The products were being promoted online at www.garnoffbotanicals.com and sold at various retail locations, including smoke shops, across Canada.

May 17, 2017

The mugs can crack when filled with hot liquid, posing a burn hazard to users and bystanders.

May 17, 2017

The rear wheel can stop rotating and lock up while in use, posing a fall 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.

May 19, 2017

Zika is a virus spread by mosquitos. 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.

May 19, 2017

FluWatch report: May 7 to May 13, 2017 (week 19) 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.

May 18, 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.

May 18, 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.

May 17, 2017

In Canada, 2 new cases of measles were reported in week 18, 2017, and one case previously reported for week 16 was discarded. 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.

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