News & Alerts

The following are official news releases issued by the 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.

Clinic services limited on March 8th

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (2/11/2016) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health’s Annex clinics located at 4813 New Haven Avenue will be temporarily closing at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  Regular business hours will resume that day at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health […]

Zika Guideline and Flu Update 2/9/16

There is mounting evidence in the present outbreak of an association between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and microcephaly in their infants. CDC currently recommends the following for the protection of pregnant women and their babies: • Pregnant women should postpone travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is occurring (see • If […]

Zika Virus Update 02/05/16

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. However, the outbreak in Brazil has led to reports […]

Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported 2/1/16

CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing Summary Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral […]

Hepatitis C/HIV; Zika Update 1/28/16

We have identified an increase in the number of Hepatitis C (most chronic) and HIV in the past year. While in most cases we cannot determine how long they have had hepatitis C – the increase is striking. Prelim data reveals a 16% increase in accidental overdose deaths as well. Please try and screen at […]

Zika Virus Update, Other Travel Warnings; Flu Activity 1/23/16

CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde, and Samoa. On January 15, CDC issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. […]

Many lead prevention resources available to residents

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, City of Fort Wayne Community Development, and the City of Fort Wayne’s Water Filtration Plant would like to raise awareness about our local lead prevention resources and also remind residents that our water supply is safe. Below is a brief description of […]

Zika virus 1/19/16

In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico (See Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] link below for countries and […]

Flu and Ebola Update 1/4/16

Flu Update According to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity increased slightly in the United States. While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common since October 1, in the past two weeks, influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 viruses have predominated. The vast majority of circulating flu viruses analyzed this season remain similar to the vaccine […]