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San Diego's hepatitis A death toll, hospitalizations increase

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 15:17:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - New numbers on San Diego County's hepatitis A outbreak show another patient has died from the illness in the past week.

A total of 19 people have died in the outbreak, up one from a week ago. 351 patients have been hospitalized, up from 342 last week.

Most of the people who have contracted hepatitis A during the outbreak have been homeless or illegal drug users, according to the County.

RELATED: SDPD clears homeless encampment during hepatitis A outbreak

The County's Health and Human Services Agency reported this week that medical staff members had vaccinated almost 76,000 at-risk San Diegans. Vaccinations are recommended for the homeless, drug users, and anyone who works with those populations including first responders, and health care and sanitation workers.

RELATED: Hepatitis A vaccine needs second shot for full immunization 

The San Diego County public health officer declared a public health emergency in the hepatitis A outbreak on September 1. 

Immunizations are available through the county. Click HERE for information.