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.

Public Encouraged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes & Ticks

Spring has arrived, and with it comes mosquitoes and ticks. These critters are not only a nuisance but can also pose serious health hazards. So the Department of Health is reminding the public of steps they can take to protect themselves from exposure and to help eliminate potential breeding sites. Residents can do their part […]

Local Healthcare Facilities Lift Visitor Restrictions as Flu Cases Drop

Effective immediately, Allen County hospitals, healthcare facilities and nursing homes are lifting visitor restrictions put in place last month in response to increased flu activity. For the safety of patients and staff over the last several weeks, healthcare facilities have been limiting visitors to two per patient at one time and only visitors who are […]

Health Department Awarded Naloxone Kits to Prevent Overdoses

The Allen County Department of Health has received another grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to distribute more naloxone kits to community agencies in an effort to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The Allen County Department of Health will be distributing more than 800 naloxone kits from ISDH to community partners including […]

Flu Activity Prompts Visitor Restrictions at Local Healthcare Facilities

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 21, 2019) – Allen County public health officials are recommending temporary visitation restrictions for area hospitals, healthcare facilities and nursing homes in response to recent increased flu activity. Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan is advising healthcare facilities impose the following restrictions to help protect patients, visitors and staff: Anyone […]

Health Officials Remind it’s Not Too Late for the Flu Shot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 18, 2019). – With spring approaching and focus shifting from common winter illnesses to warmer thoughts and vacation plans, local health care providers reminded the community to remember the influenza season is not over yet, and there is still time to take precaution. “We have been fortunate that locally we have […]

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 […]