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National News Briefs; County Declares AIDS A Health Emergency


A public health emergency over the rate of AIDS among blacks was declared today by Alameda County, the first local government in the nation to declare a regional disaster because of the disease.

The county Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution declaring the emergency in an effort to secure a larger share of a new $156 million Federal program concerning AIDS in minority communities.

While AIDS mortality and infection rates are declining nationally, minority neighborhoods like those in Alameda County have shown a reverse trend.


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