The Middlesex London Health Unit is asking for more resources to combat an alarming increase in HIV and hepatits C infections, a situation it calls “a public health emergency.”

Injection drug use is a major cause for the skyrocketing rates, according to a statement from health officials issued Tuesday.

“The Middlesex London Health Unit will ask its board to consider reallocating health unit resources to … address what is being called a local public health emergency,” the statement reads.

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