Published By : 11 Oct 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Hepatitis A has caused a major concern for San Diego, with county officials confirming 18 deaths and 490 cases of the disease on Tuesday. 342 of the 490 people affected by hepatitis A have been hospitalized, leading to the San Diego County Health and Human Services extending their local health emergency declaration, originally declared on September 1, by another two weeks. The hepatitis emergency declaration could thus last more than two months, considering the still-prevalent threat carried by the disease. Reviewing the current situation of the hepatitis A outbreak, the County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to extend the emergency health declaration through October 24. The board is required to review the declaration every 14 days, making a further extension eminently possible.
Homelessness has been associated with the outbreak, with a third of the cases involving illicit drug users and homeless people. On the other hand, 25% had no association with either condition. People working with homeless people are also likely to be at high risk from the disease, as well as people with chronic liver diseases and blood clotting conditions. Hygiene kits containing hand sanitizers, bottled water, cleansing wipes, a waste bag, and information about hepatitis A prevention have been handed to at-risk demographics, with more than 6,400 passing through the system.
68,500 hepatitis A vaccines have been given out by healthcare systems and pharmacists in the county, out of which local healthcare systems were responsible for more than 36,000, while mass vaccination events and mobile operations accounted for more than 21,600.