Marion County Public Health Department director Dr. Virginia A. Caine declared a public health epidemic and proposed a syringe exchange program Thursday morning, citing a 1,000 percent increase in the number of hepatitis C cases from 2013 to 2017 and the potential for an HIV outbreak.
The outbreak centered in the town of Austin in Scott County. The number of cases more than doubled to 153 from late to mid-May and at the outbreak's height as many as 22 new cases were diagnosed weekly. Now it's down to one or two per week.
Ravaged by one of the worst outbreaks of HIV in recent history and an underlying epidemic of injection drug addiction, a small rural community of Austin is changing fast as it grapples with the fallout of the crisis.
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