San Diego Streets to Be ‘Bleached’ to Stop Hep A Outbreak

Clyde Hughes, Newsmax, September 12, 2017

San Diego

San Diego (Credit Image: Roman Eugeniusz / Wikimedia)

A San Diego hepatitis A outbreak has left 16 people dead, hundreds infected, and city workers hosing down “fecally-contaminated” downtown areas frequented by homeless people as one way to control the spread.

“The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment,” the Public Health Services Division said.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared a public health emergency in light of the outbreak and opened more than three dozen hand- washing stations in areas where the homeless tend to gather, KNSD-TV reported.

City crews started using a bleach solution to spray down East Village area sidewalks where homeless people gather and are targeting sidewalks below the Interstate 5 overpass, where the city already had installed jagged rocks in an attempt to deter homeless people from camping.

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“We’re taking swift action to eradicate this virus from our streets and keep our most vulnerable residents safe,” Gustafson added.

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