bloofbornepathogenEarlier this week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence extended a public health emergency for his state in response to a growing HIV outbreak. Since mid-December, there have been 135 cases of HIV linked to needle sharing in Scott County alone—an area that typically sees an average of only 5 cases annually.

Health agencies nationwide have been urged by the CDC to track HIV and other bloodborne pathogens, like hepatitis C (HCV), to prevent other outbreaks from occurring.

The symptoms of bloodborne pathogens can vary according to the disease, but they are all very serious illnesses that are potentially fatal. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms, especially if any contact with blood or other bodily fluids took place, seek medical attention immediately:

HIV

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Diarrhea

Hepatitis B

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Jaundice

Hepatitis C

  • Pain in right upper abdomen
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Clay-colored or pale stools
  • Itching
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

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Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.