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.

Reporting School Absences Rule 12/15/14

There have been some major changes in the report rule for school absences: Here is the reference for the law:  512 IAC 1-1 Also Appendix D in the “Communicable Disease Reference Guide for Schools” has information and links about this rule: In 2004 the “Counterterrorism Symptom and Health Syndrome Data Collection” (IC 16-19-10-8) law was […]

Influenza and Shigella 12/9/14

Influenza It seems that the influenza season might be a bit early this year!  We are hearing of a large number of students being sent home from school due to fever and cough.  Unfortunately, given the season of year and all of the associated holiday shopping and gatherings we might see increased transmission of flu […]

Circulating Flu Strains and Vaccine 12/4/14

BASED ON FLU VIRUS SURVEILLANCE, I THINK WE NEED TO BE PREPARED AS A MEDICAL COMMUNITY FOR A PARTICULARLY BAD FLU SEASON.  MAY HAVE ALREADY STARTED HERE.  HEALTHCARE STAFF SHOULD BE VACCINATED FOR FLU. Influenza activity is currently low in the United States as a whole, but is increasing in some parts of the country. […]

Shigella 11/25/14

Locally we have seen an increase in the number of cases of Shigella.  Unfortunately we cannot establish a pattern of either food or location.  Please consider this when evaluating patients presenting with diarrhea and be sure to check a stool culture if they are a food handler, daycare worker or healthcare worker (see below). Agent: […]

Increased Pertussis Activity in Indiana 11/21/14

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is investigating increased pertussis activity. Thirty-one laboratory-confirmed cases have been identified from October 26-November 20, 2014 in multiple counties across the state. Other ill individuals are under investigation. Several of these cases attend school in different school corporations. Parents are notified when exposures have occurred in group settings […]

Ebola Update 11/18/14

The CDC has added the country of Mali to the list of EVD affected countries in West Africa. The CDC recommended this measure because there have been a number of confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali in recent days, and a large number of individuals may have been exposed to those cases. Thus, the action […]

Ebola Update 10/19/14

As of 10/19/14 in the United States: Confirmed Cases: 3 Contacts*: 11 (4***) Possible Contacts**:155 (13***) Total: 166 (17***) *Contacts – Definite exposure **Possible Contacts – Possible exposure ***Completed active surveillance Note: The number of possible contacts increased significantly Oct. 14 to account for a group of healthcare workers who were previously self-monitoring and are […]

Ebola Update 10/15/14

A second healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas health department announced today. The patient, identified only as a woman at this point, is one of 76 healthcare workers at the hospital who have been monitored […]

Ebola and Healthcare Worker 10/12/14

A female healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who cared for the late Thomas Eric Duncan after he was admitted with Ebola on September 28 has preliminarily tested positive for the virus, the state health department announced today. The patient, who has not yet been identified, is the second person after Duncan to […]

Ebola Update 10/3/14

October 3, 2014 Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials Summary: The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) diagnosed in the United States was reported to CDC by Dallas County Health and Human Services on September 28, 2014, and laboratory-confirmed by CDC and the Texas Laboratory Response […]