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.

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. […]

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 […]