Clyde Hughes, Newsmax, September 12, 2017
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.
“We’re taking swift action to eradicate this virus from our streets and keep our most vulnerable residents safe,” Gustafson added.