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    Potentially 'large' HIV outbreak in King County as number of cases rise
    Since February, eight people in King County have contracted HIV. The public health department issued a warning about a possible outbreak on Thursday.
    Author: Vanessa Misciagna
    Published: 6:34 PM PDT August 30, 2018
    Updated: 7:41 AM PDT August 31, 2018

    A rise in HIV cases in King County has prompted a warning from the public health department.

    On Thursday afternoon, Seattle and King County Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a press conference concerning a possible outbreak. He reported that since February, eight people in North Seattle have contracted HIV.

    The eight people are heterosexual and homeless, have used injected drugs, and a few have had sex for either drugs or money.

    This increases the number of HIV cases among heterosexuals who inject drugs in King County to 19. Last year at this time, it was 10...