Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

Nurse gives a red ribbon to a woman to mark World Aids Day at the entrance of Emilio Ribas Hospital, in Sao Paulo(Reuters) – The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. The HIV outbreak, the biggest in state history, is centered on Scott County near the Kentucky border and now includes at least five cases in neighboring Jackson County, officials said. "We likely haven't reached the peak of this outbreak, but we hope to soon through the continued comprehensive response made possible by the joint efforts of so many people and organizations," state Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement. Typically, Scott County has fewer than five new HIV cases in a year.



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