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Metro Digest

Local News in Brief : AIDS Cases Set Record

December 24, 1987

The Department of Health Services confirmed 200 new AIDS cases in Los Angeles County in November, the largest monthly total since the disease was first recognized 6 1/2 years ago.

The new cases, 197 adults and three children, represent a slight increase from October, when 192 acquired immune deficiency syndrome cases were confirmed. The new diagnoses bring to 4,069 the number of confirmed AIDS cases in the county--4,045 adults and 24 children under age 12.

In addition, 160 possible AIDS cases are under investigation. Of the adult cases, 90% have occurred in homosexual or bisexual men, 3% in intravenous drug users and 1% through heterosexual transmission. Three percent have resulted from exposure to contaminated blood products. There have been 2,542 AIDS deaths, or 62% of the total number of cases.

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