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Lawrence County Health Officer Declares Public Health Emergency
Updated January 15, 2016 7:51 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BEDFORD) - Dr. Alan Smith, Lawrence County Health Officer, has found and declared that a public health emergency exists in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County is the latest in Indiana to have been declared a public health emergency.

Dr. Smith made the declaration Thursday in response to an outbreak of hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is often spread through sharing of needles.

Dr. Smith declared the following:

1. There is an epidemic of Hepatitis C (HCV) in the county;

2. The primary mode of transmission of Hepatitis C in the county is through intravenous drug use; and

3. A syringe exchange program is medically appropriate as part of a comprehensive public health response.

The information supporting the findings of this declaration will be presented in an appropriate forum, to be announced at a later date.

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