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What Can Indiana Do To Prevent Sexual Assault?

Jun 7, 2016
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The Indiana State Department of Health is looking to broaden its scope when it comes to preventing sexual violence.

The state has released an updated version of its Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Plan, which focuses on stopping rape before it happens.

Indiana’s last plan, released in 2010, focused on creating connections between state and local agencies, identifying priority populations to target, and finding data-based strategies to help prevent rape.

The new plan maintains similar goals, but opens the door to connecting more people, not just larger agencies.

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the range of the mosquito primarily responsible for carrying the Zika virus was more widespread than originally expected. Even though the new map contains Indiana, public health experts say the likelihood for native Hoosier infections is slim.

The primary vector for the Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is found in tropical and semi-tropical climates, but the CDC has warned it could be present in the southern part of Indiana, too.

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Purdue University announced Wednesday the school is investigating five probable cases of the mumps virus on its West Lafayette campus.

The school joins three other schools playing host to mumps outbreaks so far this year.

State health department data says the largest mumps outbreaks have occurred at Indiana University and Butler University, who have reported 17 and 24 confirmed cases, respectively.

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More than 3 million people in United States are infected with Hepatitis C, a virus that can destroy the liver and cause liver cancer. 

The number of cases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and most new cases are attributed to injection drug abuse.

In the last few years, new drugs have come on the market that can cure hepatitis C with a more than 90 percent success rate.

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The Indiana State Department of Health and Hear Indiana are working to get more Indiana children who are deaf or hard of hearing access to hearing aids, covering a gap in health insurance coverage.

The new Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana, or HAAPI, expects to help about 600 Indiana children in the next two years. Executive director of the state’s Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Christine Moody says hearing aids can cost up to $6,000, and they aren’t always covered by insurance.       

Sleepy Flu Season Picking Up Steam In Indiana

Mar 11, 2016
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The state has reported fewer than 20 influenza-related deaths so far this winter. That’s less than one-sixth of fatality rate from this time last year, when 132 had died by the end of February.

State respiratory epidemiologist Reema Patel says the low numbers are due to luck of the draw…this year, the state is seeing more of the milder H1N1 flu strain, instead of another common strain, H3N2

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Editor's note (3-1-2016) : The German company that licensed the product in this story has changed its name from BARDOT to BEAM. 

A Purdue-created pathogen-screening device, which forgoes traditional microscopes and stains in favor of laser scanning, has been licensed by a German biomedical tech company

The device has a glamorous name—scientists call it BARDOT—short for Bacteria Rapid Detection Using Optical Scattering Technology.

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Across multiple age categories, the rate of HIV infection in Indiana has remained relatively stable for the last five years of data available. However, an increasing number of Hoosiers in their twenties are contracting the virus.

The number of newly-diagnosed, HIV-positive Hoosiers in their twenties saw a nearly 40-percent increase between the years 2010 and 2014, the year in which the most recent data was available. That’s even as the second-most diagnosed group – 30-something Hoosiers – saw an 11-percent decline in the number of new HIV cases in the same period.

First Case Of Zika Virus Confirmed In Indiana

Feb 9, 2016
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State health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Indiana.

The person is a non-pregnant resident who recently traveled to Haiti, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The state will not identify the individual, but says the illness was not severe enough to require hospitalization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the infection was Zika virus.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says he expects additional travel-related cases in Indiana.

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The Indiana State Department of Health says they’ve diagnosed four new cases of HIV linked to the Scott County outbreak.

That brings the total number of people infected up to 188.

The Indiana State Department of Health says all of the new cases involve people who were identified as contacts of others previously diagnosed with HIV.

The majority of the cases associated with the outbreak have been linked to intravenous drug use.

State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones says those at risk for HIV should be retested every three months.

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