Indiana governor to declare disaster for county hit by HIV outbreak

March 25, 2015 10:44 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Wednesday he will declare a public health disaster in a small southern Indiana county that has seen a drastic increase in HIV cases tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse since December.

"This is a public health emergency," Pence said of the declaration for rural Scott County, located about 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. "Now I’m evaluating all of the issues and all of the tools that may be available to local health officials in light of a public health emergency."

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