Health officials say there are now 130 HIV cases after an outbreak in southeastern Indiana.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 120 cases are confirmed while 10 are preliminary positive cases. The number marks a 24-case increase from the previous week.
“We have seen a significant increase in the number of HIV cases reported this week, but we believe that is because we have been able to offer more testing with the help of additional staff from CDC,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “This sharp increase in the number of HIV-positive cases demonstrates just how critical it is that we are able to locate and test people who have been exposed so that they can avoid spreading it to others and get medical treatment.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent support staff last month to help with the investigation at the request of the Indiana State Department of Health. CDC staff is conducting testing and helping local health departments contact those who may have been exposed to HIV.
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