MCPHD Director Declares Public Health Epidemic Due to Surge in Hepatitis C Cases

INDIANAPOLIS – With a backdrop of supportive leaders representing civic, religious, health care and public safety organizations, Marion County Public Health Department director Virginia A. Caine, M.D., today proposed the county’s first-ever syringe exchange program to combat the alarming increase in hepatitis C cases and to prevent a potential surge in HIV cases.

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High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to food security, development, and global health today. Due to the ineffectiveness of antibiotics, it is becoming increasingly harder to treat infections. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is impacting healthcare worldwide as there are now high levels of resistance prevailing in both high- and low-income countries.

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New Hepatitis A Virus Tool for Emergency Providers

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a highly contagious viral illness that can lead to serious morbidity and occasional mortality. HAV is proving to present a renewed public health challenge. Through the use of the “Identify-Isolate-Inform” Tool as adapted for HAV, emergency physicians can become more familiar with the identification and management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department with exposure, infection, or risk of contracting disease. 

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