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More people test positive for HIV as southern Indiana outbreak grows

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Friday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health issued an update on the status of the HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana, and it was not good news.

According to a news release, the number of people who have tested positive for the disease has risen to 142, with 136 of them being confirmed cases, and the remaining six being preliminary positives.

"Scott and Jackson counties both have reported at least five cases, which is the State's minimum threshold for identifying counties that have positive cases," the release states. "Contacts of the cases in Jackson County have been followed up on and are considered low-risk. No additional cases of HIV have been related to those reported in Jackson County."

On April 20, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Executive Order 15-06, extending by 30 days the public health emergency declaration in Scott County and permitting the continued operation of the needle exchange program in that county.

"New cases of HIV are still being identified every day, but the number of people seeking services, medical treatment and substance abuse treatment is also growing," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. "We likely haven't reached the peak of this outbreak, but we hope to soon, through the continued comprehensive response made possible by the joint efforts of so many people and organizations."

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