Needle found in downtown San Diego public restroom during hepatitis A outbreak

Posted at 6:49 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 09:53:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Portable restrooms to combat the hepatitis A outbreak are being installed in downtown San Diego for the homeless.

The City of San Diego is providing restrooms, hand-washing stations and security guards to stop the spread of the disease.

The restrooms will be cleaned twice a day.

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Ken Slusher, a homeless Navy veteran, has used the restrooms twice since the City installed them on C St. and First Ave.

Slasher is concerned the restrooms won’t be around long.

Despite the 24/7 security, Slusher said he found a needle on the floor during one of his trips to the restroom.

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“It was already used, the cap was off, the needle was exposed. Anybody could have walked in there with flip flops or open toed shoes and got stuck with it,” Slusher said.

A private security company is working with San Diego Police to keep drug users out.