California’s Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak Could Last Years

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California is facing a mass outbreak of hepatitis A, with 569 cases currently reported. Most of the cases have predominantly occurred in San Diego County, but the recent spread of the disease has led to cases occurring in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties and there is fear that the disease could spread to other counties or states. The quick spread of the disease is thought to be due to the homeless population with unhygienic living conditions.  Many prevention efforts are being put into place to combat the spread of the disease, such as vaccinating the homeless community and bleach washing of streets. Despite this, public health officials warn that the disease may potentially be a problem for at least a year.

 

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