Thursday 27th April, 2017

Drug increases in Austin as families struggle to survive

News & Observer - Friday 21st April, 2017

Their recovery is fragile. As is the community's. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States." He says its 5 percent infection rate -- 215 cases in a population of 4,200 -- is comparable to some African nations. And like those countries, Austin has long struggled with scant medical resources. Coo...
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