San Diego declares a health emergency over hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 15 and hospitalized close to 400

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San Diego has declared a public health emergency to control a wildly spreading outbreak of the liver disease hepatitis A that has killed 15 people.

Infections have hospitalized nearly 400 more with the homeless population hit the hardest since the outbreak started last November.

Officials have attempted to use a combination of education and vaccination methods to prevent the spread of this virus, but the outbreak has only grown.

Hepatitis A can spread through ingesting food and drinks that have come in contact with feces from people who are already infected.

Officials are now moving fast to install hand-washing stations in areas more populated by homeless people to contain the spread of the deadly virus.  

09326d4f46666f82d2d87c86bc2baf82 San Diego declares a health emergency over hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 15 and hospitalized close to 400

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