San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak
On Sept. 1, 2017, the San Diego County public health officer declared a local public health emergency due to
the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in the county.
The outbreak is being spread
person-to-person and through contact with fecally contaminated
environments. The majority of people who have contracted hepatitis A
during this outbreak have been homeless and/or illicit drug users.
Efforts of the County and its community partners to halt the
hepatitis A outbreak focus on three key areas: vaccination,
sanitation and education
San Diego County Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases and Deaths as of
December 4, 2017*
*Table will be updated each Tuesday
Note: Table does not include all reported hepatitis A cases in the
county; only local-outbreak-related. Data are provisional and
subject to change.
About Hepatitis A
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis A virus is highly contagious. It can cause liver disease,
lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting months. In some
cases, people can die.
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How Is It Transmitted?
Hepatitis A virus is usually transmitted by:
- Touching objects or eating food that someone with hepatitis A
virus infection handled.
- Having sex with someone who has a
What Are the Symptoms?
Hepatitis A virus does not always cause symptoms. Some people get
hepatitis A virus and have no symptoms of the diseases. Adults are
more likely to have symptoms than children.
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, yellowing
of the eyes (jaundice), stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, pale
stools, and diarrhea.
For more information, visit 211's hepatitis A website or call 211.