Indiana State Department of Health

Is Indiana At Risk for Measles Outbreak?

Feb 5, 2015
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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a lot in common with Disneyland, the starting point for the current measles outbreak, which has infected more than 100 people and spread to 14 states. Kids there interact a lot with their environment, sometimes putting their hands in their mouths, then everywhere else — then back in their mouths.  To fight the spread of germs, at the museum, hand sanitizer and soap and water is never far away, and the staff is vigilant about wiping down surfaces with disinfectants. 

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Most adults will get one to three colds every year, and medical personnel say there are some things to keep in mind before heading to the drug store for treatment.

Most over-the-counter medications can relieve the symptoms of a cold, but not always without risk.

Joan Duwve, chief medical consultant with the Indiana State Department of Health, says it's important to always take medication as needed and directed, and only try to treat the symptoms you have.

West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes In Tippecanoe County

Aug 18, 2014
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Three mosquito groups found in Tippecanoe County last month have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Indiana State Department of Health informed the County Health Department of the results today.

This is the first time this year that a positive test has been reported in Tippecanoe County. 

Health officials are encouraging residents to use insect repellent and dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

IN flu-related deaths climb to 40

Jan 23, 2013

The number of flu-related deaths in Indiana has more than quadrupled over the past few weeks. The state department of health is reporting 40 Hoosiers have died during the flu season, which began in November.

Most of the deaths occurred in those 65 or older, and all but two of the fatalities had an underlying medical condition. Those include heart disease, diabetes, asthma and renal disease.

The Indiana Department of Health is confirming more than 100 cases of a flu virus in the state, which officials say is showing up in swine.

Health experts say Variant Influenza A, also known as H3N2v, has sickened 113 people in 18 counties. Those are: Bartholomew, Greene, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Porter, Scott, Tipton, Washington, and White.

Trauma is the number one killer of Hoosiers under the age of 45. That includes deaths from falls and vehicle accidents.

The Indiana State Department of Health Trauma Care Committee has an effort underway to the lower that statistic.

Five cases of flu have been confirmed in Hoosiers who have had direct contact with pigs.

The Indiana Department of Health reports testing is underway on other possible cases, and statewide monitoring of flu activity is underway.

Health officials are taking precautions at the Indiana State Fair, which runs through August 19, by testing all pigs before they’re allowed onto the fairgrounds.