Get Prepared for a Disease Outbreak in British Columbia

An illustration of disease outbreaks

Disease outbreaks can happen suddenly and without warning, often posing a threat to public health and safety. Causes include extreme weather, infectious diseases, industrial accidents or intentional acts. Outbreaks can be limited to one small community or spread across several countries. 


Everyone has a role to play in easing the spread of COVID-19 and lessening its impact on vulnerable populations. You can do your part by ensuring you’re prepared to stay home if you’re asked to or if you get sick.

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Events that threaten public health are planned for and managed by the BC Centre for Disease Control. It works with the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, as well as ambulance, fire and law enforcement to minimize casualties, contain the emergency and to inform the public.

Public Health Alerts

Health alerts, including news about disease outbreaks, can come from several trusted sources across the province. For public health alerts in your area, visit HealthLinkBC.