LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tippecanoe County is considering options to address an uptick of new hepatitis C cases, including a needle exchange program, testing and medical treatment.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports ( ) new cases of hepatitis C in the county nearly doubled from 2014 to 2015. In 2014, the Tippecanoe County Health Department confirmed 50 new cases. That number rose to 97 in 2015. As of late September, 55 new cases had been confirmed this year.

A public meeting is Nov. 21 at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

Needle exchanges provide clean syringes to intravenous drug users to prevent needle-sharing that spreads hepatitis C, HIV and other diseases. A law allowing counties to request approval for needle exchanges was approved last year in response to an HIV outbreak in Scott County.

Information from: Journal and Courier,