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Indiana declares health emergency in response to HIV outbreak

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1708
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence, declared a public health emergency on Wednesday 25 March in response to an outbreak of new HIV infections in the southeast of the state.

Since the outbreak was first detected, in January, state officials have confirmed 79 cases of new HIV infection. Most have occurred in Scott County, a rural county with a population of 24 000, which would typically see fewer than five cases a year.

All the confirmed cases have been linked to injected drug use, particularly of a prescription form of oxymorphone (marketed in the United States as Opana), …

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