Health Alerts

This is the page for official health alerts from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. These alerts are intended for local healthcare providers and other community partners to make them aware of issues of public health significance.

Protect your health by testing your home for radon gas

Radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, but it could be present at dangerous levels in your home. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Because it is odorless and invisible, the only way to detect exposure is through testing. The Allen […]

Department Warns of Health Threats with Dangerous Wind Chills

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (January 29, 2019) – The Allen County Health Department is advising residents take extra precaution to avoid risks of exposure in extreme temperatures forecasted for the community this week. “I tend to be a bit cavalier about weather myself, but I want to be sure we are all taking these weather predictions […]

Get up-to-date seasonal outbreak info here

As winter nears, so does the spread of many highly contagious viruses. The Allen County Department of Health works hard to keep the public informed of local upticks and outbreaks of communicable and often preventable illnesses. So be sure to check here often for the latest information on what bugs we’re seeing make the rounds, […]

2017-2018 Influenza Updates

Estimates of anticipated influenza activity are based on the flu season of countries in the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia.  So far this season, Australia has had almost 2½ times more infections than in the same period last year. They have seen a doubling of their hospitalizations and deaths from influenza this year as well, and […]

Norovirus & influenza update 1/17/17

Norovirus We are seeing an uptick in norovirus locally.  It only takes contact with a few particles to become infected. Remember also that the immunity from infection is very short lived – several months so you can have norovirus illness many times in your life. Norovirus illness can be serious, especially for young children and […]

Extended Days for Obtaining Medical Records for Dr. Cozzi’s patients

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 31, 2016). –The Department of Health was informed by Dr. Cozzi’s attorney verbally that they do plan to be open several days a week for the foreseeable future.  We have not been given the exact days or times, but patients may want to visit his office if they are still in […]

Flu and Zika Update

State health officials announce that since October, 19 Indiana residents have died of influenza-associated illnesses, including two children. According to the CDC, Indiana is experiencing widespread flu activity. H1N1 continues to dominate circulating strains. Many of Indiana’s influenza-associated deaths this season have occurred among unvaccinated individuals, especially people who are at high risk of flu-related […]

Zika Guideline and Flu Update 2/9/16

There is mounting evidence in the present outbreak of an association between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and microcephaly in their infants. CDC currently recommends the following for the protection of pregnant women and their babies: • Pregnant women should postpone travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is occurring (see • If […]

Zika Virus Update 02/05/16

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. However, the outbreak in Brazil has led to reports […]

Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported 2/1/16

CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing Summary Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral […]