San Diego County Board of Supervisors extends hepatitis A emergency

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County’s hepatitis A health emergency was extended Monday for two more weeks by the County Board of Supervisors.

The outbreak has led to 20 deaths and 561 illnesses. 378 patients were treated at the hospital, county officials said. 

There have been 10 or fewer cases reported each week for the past two months.

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“Today’s report shows an overall downward trend in the number of cases,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Maintaining vigilance and continuing our vaccination, sanitation, and education efforts are critical, but combined efforts by the County, community partners, and local municipalities continue to take us in the right direction.”

San Diego County health officials and community partners have provided 105,482 vaccinations, including 89,810 to at-risk populations. San Diegans can call 211 to find a community clinic with the vaccine.

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Hepatitis A is most commonly spread through fecal matter. It can cause liver failure. 

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