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.

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 […]

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine Updates 10/2/14

October 2, 2014 Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Vaccination optimally should occur before onset of influenza activity in the community. Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) is available as: The old-fashioned standard shot; An intradermal version using a really small, skinny needle […]

First Case of Ebola in U.S. 9/30/14

Background CDC confirmed on September 30, 2014, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa (Liberia). The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the […]

Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children 9/26/14

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal […]

Enterovirus EV-D68 Update 9/19/14

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has identified ten confirmed cases of respiratory Enterovirus EV-D68 among Indiana residents. Sequencing was performed at the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The counties and submitting laboratories with confirmed cases have been contacted.   Several other suspect cases […]

Enterovirus EV-D68 Confirmed in Indiana 9/12/14

Epidemiology The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has identified four confirmed cases of respiratory Enterovirus EV-D68 among Indiana residents.  Testing was performed at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Several other suspect cases are pending testing at the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory.  Syndromic surveillance of hospital emergency department chief […]