The Wyoming Health Department is concerned about the tripling rates of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) among young people in the northern part of the state, KULR 8 reports. Recent statistics show Park County has double the average rate of hep C cases in the state. New infections primarily affect uninsured young people between ages 15 and 30. Experts suspect injected drug use is a primary cause. In response, state health officials are debating clean needle exchanges in the region, which are currently illegal in Wyoming.

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