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Rural Indiana county struggles as 'epicenter of the HIV outbreak'
Rural Indiana county struggles as 'epicenter of the HIV outbreak'

As a nurse and manager of the only medical office in Austin, Ind., Jeanni McCarty finds herself at the heart of the state’s worst-ever outbreak of HIV, so bad that on Thursday the governor declared a heath emergency. McCarty, 42, grew up in Austin, but she scarcely recognizes it now. “It’s not what it used to be,” said McCarty, who still lives in Scott County, in the southeast corner of Indiana. She described a region where many people live in poverty with limited prospects of jobs and a “very, very serious drug problem that has made us the epicenter of the HIV outbreak.” The Scott County outbreak has been linked to the illegal use of contaminated...

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