City and County of San Diego provide handwashing, vaccines to stop hepatitis A outbreak

Posted at 1:56 PM, Sep 01, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The City and County of San Diego are providing free vaccinations, handwashing stations and educational materials to stop a hepatitis A outbreak in the community.

Most of the people who have contracted the disease are homeless, according to Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office.

"The City continues to stand ready to support the County's Health and Human Services Agency in its plans to provide vaccinations, sanitation and education to San Diegans as we battle this outbreak.  We must continue to work collaboratively to stop this crisis and save lives," Faulconer said.

Hepatitis Ais a virus spread through person-to-person contact.

In San Diego County, 378 people have contracted hep A during the current outbreak.  15 of the patients died.

The hepatitis A vaccinations are available through the San Diego Police Department's Homeless Outreach, Psychiatric Emergency Response and Quality of Life teams.  The San Diego Central Library is also hosting free hepatitis A vaccination clinics every third Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting September 19.