CDC Sounds Alarm Over Indiana HIV Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued an urgent warning to health officials across the country about the HIV outbreak in a rural Indiana county, which has now infected 142 people.

The CDC’s health alert advises health departments and healthcare providers on how to control HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks among injection drug users.

Officials from the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health said they are increasingly alarmed by the outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C in Scott County, Ind., which they said is rare in the rural United States.

“This is the first outbreak of its type that we have seen documented in recent years,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who leads the CDC’s HIV prevention center, told reporters Friday.