Health emergency declared for third Indiana county


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The state health commissioner declared a public health emergency for Fayette County.

“Fayette County is battling a Hepatitis C epidemic tied to intravenous drug use,” said Dr. Adams. “A syringe exchange is one part of this effort to help reduce the spread of this devastating disease.”

The Indiana State Department of Health received Fayette County’s request on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The declaration of public health emergency will run through Aug. 13, 2016.

The health commissioner has previously declared public health emergencies in Madison County and Scott County.

Clark County is in the process of formally applying for a needle exchange program. Their format plan still needs to be completed and submitted to the ISDH. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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