Hepatitis A Outbreak

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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.

San Diego County Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases and Deaths as of October 17, 2017*
*Table updated each Tuesday

Cases Deaths Hospitalizations
507 19 (3.7%) 351 (69%)

Please note: Table does not include all reported hepatitis A cases in the county; only those that are local-outbreak-related. Also, data are provisional and subject to change.

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Vaccination Efforts

Vaccination efforts are underway targeting at-risk groups by County public health and our community health care partners. Because of the outbreak, the hepatitis A vaccine has now been recommended for people who are homeless, illicit drug users, staff at homeless service providers and substance use treatment agencies, public safety and emergency workers, health care workers and sanitation workers.

San Diego County Hepatitis A Vaccinations as of October 17, 2017*
*Table updated each Tuesday

Vaccinations: 76,562
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Hygiene Kits

As part of its hepatitis A infection prevention efforts, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has hygiene kits available to help promote handwashing (pictured right). These kits contain hand sanitizer (as available), cleansing wipes, bottled water, an informational flyer, and a waste bag. The kits are being provided to community partners that serve homeless persons and illicit drug users who are at risk for hepatitis A infection and who have limited access to handwashing facilities. When distributing kits to clients, community partners are encouraged to also recommend the hepatitis A vaccination.

San Diego County Hepatitis A Hygiene Kits of October 17, 2017*
*Table updated each Tuesday

Kits Distributed: 7,722 

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