Indiana governor extends needle program to fight HIV

April 20, 2015 9:54 PM

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Indiana governor extends needle program to fight HIV

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - The governor of Indiana on Monday said he would extend an emergency health order, including a needle exchange, in response to an HIV outbreak caused by intravenous drug abuse which has reached 134 confirmed and preliminary cases.

The outbreak, centered in rural Scott County near the border with Kentucky, is up from 106 cases 10 days ago, health officials said. The outbreak is the biggest in the state's history - typically, Scott County has fewer than five new HIV cases in a year.

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