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Kanawha commission in West Virginia requests federal inquiry over county’s HIV outbreak

By Caity Coyne, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission on Monday asked the state’s U.S. senators to request a formal congressional inquiry into reports from representatives with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say Kanawha County is suffering “the most concerning” HIV outbreak in the country tied to injected drug use.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent his request to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, Monday. Manchin requested the CDC respond to the Kanawha County Commission by Friday.

The congressional inquiry request was sparked by a letter from the commission expressing concern over the data, specifically if it was collected “without factual and empirical evidence.”

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said he hoped the CDC would provide the data as well as an explanation of how the agency, or its researchers, determined the HIV crisis in Kanawha County is “the most concerning” in the country…

To read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/health/kanawha-commission-requests-federal-inquiry-over-countys-hiv-outbreak/article_3aa83b0e-10bf-5648-85a5-f165f3a51cdb.html

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