By: Kyle James | 09-12-2017 | News
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15 Dead After Hepatitis A Outbreak In San Diego, Street Washing Begins

The streets of San Diego are being sanitized after a hepatitis A outbreak has claimed the lives of 15 people. Most of the victims were homeless on the street according to Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office. The city responded after a letter was sent by San Diego County Thursday asking for the city to enact a series of sanitation actions that would help curb the spread of the outbreak.

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Another 300 people have been hospitalized many of whom are living on the streets without proper access to restrooms or showers. The county commissioned it's own contractor to install 40 hand-washing stations in areas where the homeless congregate. They say there are plans to add additional sanitation stations in the coming weeks. The county has also began regularly pressure washing populated streets in the city with chlorinated water. In addition to these measures the county asked to "immediately expand access to public restrooms and wash stations within the city limits that are adjacent to at-risk populations."

The mayor's office provided a three-page list of existing 24 hour bathroom facilities but not provide any further information. Mobile vaccination teams will be provided a police escort while they make their rounds through the city. Vaccination clinics will also be available at public libraries.

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