New York Times
National News Briefs; County Declares AIDS A Health Emergency
November 6, 1998
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.