News & Events

This is the page for official news releases issued by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. All media inquiries and public records requests are handled through the Communications Office. For questions, call Megan Hubartt at (260) 449-7395.

Bats could pose rabies risks for residents

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2014). – If a bat is found in your home, do not kill it or set it free if there is a chance it may have come in contact with a person or pet. County health officials urge you instead to safely capture the bat and contact the local animal control […]

Listeria concerns prompt nationwide recall

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 23, 2014). – Local public health officials are warning customers of a recall of whole fruits sold at grocery store chains nationwide that was prompted by concerns of potential listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. announced on July 19 it was voluntarily recalling lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines, plums […]

Free HIV testing offered on June 27

Residents urged to “Take the test, take control” FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 25, 2014). – June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and Walgreens will be teaming up to offer free and confidential HIV testing. Rapid HIV testing will be available Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 […]

Mosquitoes capable of carrying disease found right here at home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 18, 2014) –Just because the chikungunya virus is not yet prevalent in the United States doesn’t mean residents should worry less about mosquitoes. Mosquitoes in Indiana can carry a variety of diseases, such as West Nile virus, St. Louis and Lacrosse encephalitis. People who are bitten and become infected with these […]

Case of Chikungunya Confirmed in State

INDIANAPOLIS—An Allen County resident, who recently traveled to the Caribbean, has tested positive for the chikungunya virus. Transmitted by mosquitoes, chikungunya has been found in multiple Caribbean countries. Cases have been identified in travelers returning from the Caribbean and local transmission has not been identified in the United States. Chikungunya has also been found in […]

Flu hitting healthy adults hard this season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2014)–This year’s flu season seems to be most dangerous for pregnant women and otherwise healthy adults, a population not normally associated with adverse outcomes. Public health officials are reporting widespread flu activity now, with most illnesses blamed on the H1N1 strain that was responsible for the 2009 pandemic. Like in […]

Oh Baby! Liam and Noah most popular boy names; Ava tops for girls in 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 17, 2014)– Noah joined Liam as the most popular baby boy name, while Ava overtook Olivia as the most popular name for girls, according to birth records filed in Allen County in 2013. Those rankings are based on Allen County’s 6,662 births, down from 6,762 in 2012. For the 3,427 boys […]

Disclosure rule meant to protect buyer and promote septic system evaluation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 17, 2013) –Before purchasing property with a septic system, it would be wise to make sure that the system that drains and disposes your wastewater has a clean bill of health. If you fail to do so, you could be flushing your money down the drain. While sellers of property in […]

Getting annual flu shot focus of National Influenza Vaccination Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2013) – As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, health officials are reminding residents that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect the ones you love this holiday season. Flu is one of the most common respiratory illnesses in the United States, infecting millions of people ever […]

Residents urged to test homes for radon

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2013) – Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you or your family is at risk of exposure to radon, a radioactive gas responsible for thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and the American Cancer Society is […]