2012 Was a Year of Outbreaks in Indiana
It was a year of the outbreak in Indiana ranging from salmonella found on a southern Indiana melon farm to chicken pox in the western part of the state.
Fungal Meningitis caused seven deaths after tainted steroids found their way into Indiana medical clinics and a swine flu outbreak that worried many at a time when the flu doesn't typically hit.
Despite the high number of outbreaks this year, Pam Pontones, the state's epidemiologist, says there were a lot of lessons learned. Pontones says with every different kind of outbreak the state experienced, especially those outbreaks that crossed state lines, more was learned about working with state, federal, and local agencies.
Next year, Pontones says the State's Public Health Department will keep an eye on flu, and mosquito-borne illnesses.