San Diego County: Nearly 400 hepatitis A cases reported in outbreak, local health emergency declared
With the investigation ongoing in San Diego County over the local outbreak of hepatitis A, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors ratified a local health emergency yesterday.
The emergency was declared on Sept. 1 by the County public health officer to raise awareness of the outbreak and allow the County to potentially ask for mutual aid if necessary. Board action was required to extend the local health emergency beyond its initial seven-day period.
To date, 398 people have been infected, including 15 deaths. Seven out of 10 people required hospitalization for their illness.