Resources for Hepatitis A Outbreak
San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak has become a very serious health crisis in the region and one of the largest outbreaks of the disease in over 20 years in this country.
Hepatitis A refers to an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. The disease can be deadly if left untreated, but is treatable and preventable.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis A is transmitted from person-to-person through contaminated food or water. Practicing proper hygiene habits can help prevent the spread of the virus and keep you safe.
The disease has largely affected those who lack access to restrooms, the city’s vulnerable homeless population. However, anyone could be at risk.
Susan is closely monitoring the hepatitis A outbreak and is engaged with relevent agencies to ensure the federal government is providing adequate support. At the federal level, the CDC has been assisting county and state public health departments in addressing the hepatitis A outbreak.
If you would like more information about the outbreak, please visit San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency website.