POWELL, Wyoming — Health officials are investigating an increase in
reported cases of the liver disease hepatitis C among young people in
Park County, with evidence suggesting needle sharing among intravenous
drug users might be to blame.
The probe came after 56 new reports of hepatitis C
infections were logged in the county in 2012 — a figure that exceeds the
state average and is about double the number of the year before, The
Powell Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/IdTgtX ) last week.
POWELL, WYOMING -Northern Wyoming is dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis C.
Wyoming Health Department representative
Ashley Grajczyk says the number of cases in Park County tripled from
2011 to 2012. In 2012, they were double the state rate.
the disease is showing up primarily in people 30 years and younger. How
is Hepatitis C transmitted from one person to another? In Park County,
mostly injected drug use.
“We’re talking about Hepatitis C here,
but in reality it is at risk kids 15 to 30 who are doing all kinds of
things maybe we don’t want to acknowledge, or we know about, or don’t
know what to do about,” says Bill Crampton, Park County Public Health.