CDC officials visit Indiana to discuss HIV outbreak

Top officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in Indiana meeting with Gov. Mike Pence and state health officials to discuss the current HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana.

As of last week, state health officials have reported a total of 142 cases of HIV related to this outbreak. Sharing needles while injecting drugs caused the large majority of current cases.

Judy Monroe with the CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support; Jonathan Mermin from the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention; and Eugene McCray, of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Division arrived in Indianapolis yesterday.

“Indiana and CDC have been working very closely since early on in the outbreak,” State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said. “Everyone understands that the way in which we respond to this outbreak and the lessons we are learning as we go are going to build the model for prevention and response should this type of outbreak happen in other communities in the U.S. The fact that Drs. Monroe and Mermin have come here to meet with the governor, the State Health Department team and local responders speaks to that understanding.”

Since late March, multiple CDC public health specialists have been in Scott County at the invitation of the Indiana State Department of Health. Specialists include disease intervention specialists, epidemiologists and communications specialists.

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