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.

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 […]

Increased Respiratory Illness Circulating in Indiana: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) 9/8/14

The ISDH has detected an increase of respiratory syndrome statewide in emergency room chief complaint data and has received several calls from hospitals with increased admissions for acute respiratory illness, particularly among children.  Other states, including Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio, have reported similar increases in respiratory illness activity and hospitalizations and are enhancing surveillance.  […]

Ebola Update 9/8/14

Situation Update The tally of Ebola cases in West Africa climbed to 3,685 as of Aug 31, with 1,841 deaths, representing a 20% jump over a 5-day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total case count is 3685 with 1,841 deaths. The numbers include cases in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.  Liberia, […]