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.

Hepatitis C/HIV; Zika Update 1/28/16

We have identified an increase in the number of Hepatitis C (most chronic) and HIV in the past year. While in most cases we cannot determine how long they have had hepatitis C – the increase is striking. Prelim data reveals a 16% increase in accidental overdose deaths as well. Please try and screen at […]

Zika Virus Update, Other Travel Warnings; Flu Activity 1/23/16

CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde, and Samoa. On January 15, CDC issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. […]

Zika virus 1/19/16

In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico (See Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] link below for countries and […]

Flu and Ebola Update 1/4/16

Flu Update According to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity increased slightly in the United States. While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common since October 1, in the past two weeks, influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 viruses have predominated. The vast majority of circulating flu viruses analyzed this season remain similar to the vaccine […]

Ocular Syphilis in the United States 4/7/15

Since December 2014, at least 15 cases of ocular syphilis from California and Washington have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least five other states have suspected cases under investigation. The majority of cases have been among MSM with HIV; and a few cases have occurred among HIV-uninfected persons […]

HIV Outbreak 2/28/15

The Indiana State Department of Health is collaborating with local health departments, health care providers and other partners to investigate an outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana. Fewer than five cases are typically reported each year by county in this area. From December 8, 2014 to February 20, 2015, approximately 30 new confirmed HIV cases […]

Measles 2/10/15

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 121 cases of measles have been reported in 17 states from January 1 to February 6, 2015.  Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing, multistate outbreak linked to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park.   As of February 6, 2015, five confirmed […]

Measles Vaccination 1/29/15

I have received a few calls about adults measles vaccination – recommendations below: Current ACIP Recommendations for Measles Vaccination for Adults Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps. All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 1 or more doses of MMR […]

Flu and Shigella Update 1/12/15

Influenza No surprise still seeing significant flu activity. National The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was above the national baseline for the sixth consecutive week. CDC also continues to receive reports of flu hospitalizations and flu deaths. Twenty-one pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have […]

Flu Update 12/16/14

I know you are all getting swamped with flu.  Below is a snapshot of what is occurring: For the week ending December 6, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) is above the national baseline. Eight of 10 U.S. regions reported ILI activity at or above region-specific baseline levels. […]