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

December 2, 2016
Northern Health reminds the public that a few simple tips can help avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital, especially with the holiday season approaching.
November 30, 2016
Will you be visiting a loved one in a health-care facility this winter? Remember to get your flu shot.
November 29, 2016
For the first known time in B.C., the highly toxic opioid carfentanil has been detected at the scene of an apparent illicit drug death.
November 25, 2016
In response to seven overdose deaths on Vancouver Island in the past week (five of those have occurred on the South Island and four of these in the last 72 hours), Island Health is issuing an urgent warning to individuals who are going to use illicit drugs. Avoid using alone, and make sure someone is around who is willing and able to seek help if an overdose happens.
November 23, 2016
Northern Health and Prince George RCMP are alerting people who use drugs about a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses in recent days. Between November 20th and 22nd, first responders in the city attended to at least 12 serious opioid overdoses.

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.

November 30, 2016

Will you be visiting a loved one in a health-care facility this winter? Remember to get your flu shot.

November 28, 2016

In recognition of the upcoming World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Health Minister Terry Lake has made the following statement:

November 25, 2016

B.C. paramedics and dispatchers will be getting much-needed support from the provincial government in the face of the province’s opioid overdose crisis, with a $5-million injection of funding for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Health Minister Terry Lake announced.

November 24, 2016

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake issued the following statement on the overdose crisis:

November 24, 2016

Health Minister Terry Lake was joined by community leaders, residents and Northern Health physicians and staff for the grand opening of the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre - Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay.


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.

December 1, 2016

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Transilvania Trading.

December 1, 2016

Distribution – British Columbia.

November 30, 2016

Distribution - Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm - T-Brothers Food And Trading Ltd.

November 30, 2016

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm – Can Roxy Trading Inc.

November 29, 2016

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Seoul Trading Corporation.

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.

December 1, 2016

Health Canada's inspection program found the recalled products are not provided with the required child-resistant closures and do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).

December 1, 2016

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these maracas do not meet the Canadian safety requirements for toys. The maracas can release small parts, posing a choking hazard to young children. When small parts detach, sharp points can be exposed posing a laceration hazard.

November 30, 2016

These foreign health products have been found by regulators in other countries to contain undeclared drug ingredients or high levels of heavy metals that may pose serious health risks.

November 30, 2016

OTTAWA – A recent Health Canada safety review found that patients infected with both hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses who are being treated for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals may experience a reactivation of their hepatitis B. Hepatitis B reactivation is the return of an active hepatitis B infection, which can lead to serious complications such as liver failure.

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.

December 2, 2016

Influenza activity is reaching seasonal levels with many regions in Canada reporting increasing influenza activity. 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.

December 2, 2016

During surveillance weeks 44-45, ending on November 12, 2016, three (3) human clinical cases of West Nile virus were reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada: Ontario (1), and Quebec (2). 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.

December 1, 2016

The Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) is a bilingual online, scientific peer-reviewed journal published monthly by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). 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.

December 1, 2016

Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations in Canada, Week 47 ending November 26, 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.

December 1, 2016

December 1 is World AIDS Day - a day of global solidarity in the fight against HIV. On this day, we remember and honour those we have lost. We also recognize the energy and perseverance of all those working toward a world without AIDS. 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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