A total of 421 patients have contracted the Hepatitis A disease since early 2017, said the Public Health Services Division in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
With 27 deaths and 292 hospitalizations, California has declared a Hepatitis A outbreak mostly victimizing homeless individuals according to the agency.
An overview of the user report from PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker
Vaccination efforts are being implemented on strategic locations in the county.
According to WHO,” Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is primarily spread when an uninfected (and unvaccinated) person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. The disease is closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene.”
Hepatitis A can be avoided by thoroughly cleaning your hands after using the toilet and avoiding direct contact to contaminated stool, blood samples and other bodily fluid. Avoiding contaminated water and food is also important to prevent having the disease.