The governor of Indiana held a press conference today to announce a state of emergency due to a HIV outbreak within the state. There have been 79 cases of the disease rapidly reported within the last two months. The origin appears to be soiled or contaminated needles being utilized by opiate addicts within the town of Austin. This appears to be the epicenter of the outbreak. The governor made it clear that this was not simply an issue for Austin, but Indiana as a whole. Austin has a population of approximately 4,200, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The infected needles have been found on roadsides, grassy plains, and even in the yards of citizens. Knowing this information, the CDC is scrambling to analyze the extent of those that have been exposed to the virus.