Mike Pence declares emergency as HIV epidemic rocks Indiana

March 26, 2015 7:38 PM

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Mike Pence declares emergency as HIV epidemic rocks Indiana

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence declared a public health emergency in one county on Thursday in response to an HIV epidemic linked to intravenous drug use in the southeastern part of the state.

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed 79 people have tested positive for the virus, with all cases originating from Scott County, officials said. The county normally sees fewer than five new HIV cases in one year.

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