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    California / Hepatitis A Outbreak 2017

    San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak

    "On Sept. 1, 2017, the San Diego County public health officerdeclared a local public health emergency*due to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in the county."

    http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/conten...patitis_A.html

    California's deadly hepatitis A outbreak could last years, official says
    http://www.latimes.com/local/califor...htmlstory.html

    California's Hepatitis A Outbreaks: Why Is the Virus Spreading?
    September 21, 2017 04:13pm ET
    https://www.livescience.com/60486-he...alifornia.html

    California scrambles to contain deadly hepatitis A outbreaks
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/0...s-a-outbreaks/

    California's hepatitis A outbreak may linger for years, experts say
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/califor...s-experts-say/

    California Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads
    Hundreds hospitalized in San Diego alone.
    https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/news...tbreak-spreads

    Possible Good News in San Diego County's Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loca...450362533.html

    Hepatitis death count hits 18 in San Diego outbreak
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...-18-story.html

    San Diego is struggling with a huge hepatitis A outbreak. Is it coming to L.A.?
    http://www.latimes.com/local/califor...htmlstory.html

    San Diego Declares Health Emergency Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...tis-a-outbreak

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    18 Die From Hepatitis A, Emergency Declaration Extended in San Diego County
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/heal...450284803.html

    "The San Diego County Health and Human Services extended the local health emergency declaration and updated the number of people infected with the Hepatitis A virus Tuesday.

    Eighteen people have died, and 490 cases have been confirmed as of Oct. 10, according to county officials. Of those cases, there have been 342 hospitalizations."

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    County has spent $3 million on hepatitis A crisis so far
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...009-story.html

    "The illness is being transmitted from feces to mouth, so unsanitary conditions make it more likely to spread. In San Diego, where nearly 85 percent of all confirmed cases in California are located, cleaning crews are hitting the streets, shooting high-pressure water mixed with bleach in an effort to sanitize any feces, blood, bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces."

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    Firefighters possibly exposed to Hep A while battling homeless encampment fire
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...925-story.html

    Firefighters May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A While Battling Blaze at Homeless Encampment in San Diego County
    POSTED 8:13 PM, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
    http://ktla.com/2017/09/25/firefight...-diego-county/

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    Golden Hill residents ask city to close down new homelesscamp
    http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/10/12/g...homeless-camp/

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    Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...006-story.html

    "San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the opening of the site last week in response to a hepatitis A outbreak that has disproportionately affecting the homeless, leaving 17 dead and hundreds hospitalized."

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    Fear of crime, Hepatitis A as homeless camp opens
    Oct 11, 2017
    http://www.10news.com/news/fear-of-c...ess-camp-opens
    Last edited by margarita25; 10-13-2017 at 03:42 AM.

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    San Diego River experienced a spike in human feces last winter — county says no link to hep A outbreak
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...012-story.html

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    City to post armed guards at downtown portable*toilets
    http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/10/10/c...table-toilets/

    "SAN DIEGO — The City Council Monday ratified a pair of contracts awarded on an emergency basis to provide armed security for portable restrooms and to spray down streets and sidewalks in response to the deadly outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego."

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    "Allstate Security Services was awarded an $80,000 contract to keep the peace around the clock at four port-a-potties placed in areas of San Diego where the homeless congregate. The homeless and/or drug users make up just under two-thirds of the 481 people sickened by the outbreak of the disease.

    The council members authorized city staff to extend the contract up to one year, for a total of $933,600.

    A one-year contract valued at $1.3 million was awarded to Clean Harbors Environmental Services, which has been spraying down streets and sidewalks with a sanitizing solution in certain San Diego neighborhoods."

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    "San Diego has begun sanitary street washing efforts after county officials demanded the city act on a plan to address the “fecally contaminated environment” downtown. The city and county have been wrestling with a way to address an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak..."

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    "Under the new measures, areas with high concentrations of homeless people are set to receive roughly 40 portable hand-washing stations to help combat the disease, which can spread through fecal matter when people fail to thoroughly clean their hands after using the restroom."


    San Diego begins 'sanitary street washing' of downtown after pooping homeless people cause deadly hepatitis outbreak
    September 12th
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/0...-outbreak.html

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    "The county will keep increasing its efforts to provide the public with vaccinations, sanitation and education, said the county's public health spokesperson Wilma Wooten.

    A third of the cases involved people who used illicit drugs and are considered homeless. Of the cases, 25 percent are neither homeless or drug users.

    Officials said 68,500 Hepatitis A vaccines have been given by health care systems or pharmacists to date, including nearly 54,000 to people at high risk. Local health care systems, community clinics and pharmacies provided more than 36,000 out of those vaccinations. Mass vaccination events, mobile vans and foot teams handed out about 21,600.

    Additionally, local food handlers and at-risk professionals received 10,800 shots."

    https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/hea...450284803.html

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    "Meanwhile, the outbreak has spread out of San Diego as infected people travel to new cities. Foster said the CDC has issued a nationwide public health alert because the same strain found in San Diego has sickened people in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Calif., and now a homeless shelter in Maricopa County, Arizona,*and is linked to patients in Colorado, Utah, and Rhode Island as well. Wooten has been busy fielding calls from fellow public health officers around the country asking what they should do."

    An outbreak waiting to happen: Hepatitis A marches through San Diego’s homeless community
    OCTOBER 6, 2017
    https://www.statnews.com/2017/10/06/...eak-san-diego/


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    "Also*Tuesday, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to extend the county's emergency health declaration over the outbreak, which will need to be reviewed and voted on every 14 days."

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    "Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday more than 600 tons have trash has been cleared from San Diego streets, sidewalks, and riverbeds over the past six months as part of citywide cleanup efforts.

    The efforts have grown since the county's Hep A outbreak*began.

    "We are taking our efforts to keep San Diego neighborhoods clean and safe to the next level," Mayor Faulconer said. "By removing trash and debris, we are restoring pride in our neighborhoods and removing the unsanitary conditions so that our public spaces can be enjoyed by all.""

    San Diego County Hepatitis A death toll rises to 18
    http://www.10news.com/news/san-diego...ll-rises-to-18
    Oct 10, 2017

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    I wonder why they need armed guards at the portable toilets? Are they vandalized?

    I knew nothing about this 'til your posts. I would guess many of these people are already health-compromised. I hope they can get it under control, and other cities take preventive action.

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    Michigan Hepatitis cases 2017

    Hepatitis A cases surge in southeast Michigan

    Karen Bouffard, The Detroit News Published 6:27 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2017 | Updated 11:43 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2017

    Hepatitis A has continued to spread in southeast Michigan with 319 confirmed cases between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 15 — resulting in 14 deaths, state health officials announced Thursday.

    The cases in Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and St. Clair counties represent a 16-fold increase over the same period in 2014-15.

    Eighty-one cases were diagnosed last month alone, compared with six reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in August 2016.

    “The southeast Michigan hepatitis A outbreak remains a top priority for public health officials from both the investigation and prevention standpoints,” Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS, said in a press release Thursday...

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...gan/105861554/

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    California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/califor...y-jerry-brown/

    "SACRAMENTO --*California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency
    Friday due to a lack of vaccines in a deadly hepatitis A outbreak in several California counties,*CBS Los Angeles reports.

    The declaration allows the state to "increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak," Gov. Brown said in a statement.

    While immunizations from the federal vaccine program have been distributed to at-risk populations in affected areas in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Cruz counties, Brown's proclamation allows the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to immediately purchase and distribute vaccines to affected communities."

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    California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...eak/763722001/

    "Brown said the federally-funded supply of vaccines is inadequate. His proclamation allows the state to buy vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them.

    The declaration “allows us to move very swiftly,” Dr. Gil Chavez, epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health, told reporters. He said the state would place an order Monday or Tuesday and supplies would reach the state soon after."

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    "U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday called on the federal government to provide emergency funding to halt the spread of hepatitis A. He said the outbreak has brought statewide totals to three times the number of reported cases in 2015.

    “We cannot wait until more communities are infected and impacted before taking action,” the San Diego-area Republican wrote to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    A message seeking comment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wasn’t immediately returned."

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