Hepatitis A outbreak: 18th fatality reported in San Diego area.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced today the 18th hepatitis A related death in the current local outbreak.
Since the beginning of the year, 490 hepatitis A cases have been reported with 70 percent of those infected requiring hospitalization for their illness.
The majority of people who have contracted hepatitis A are homeless and/or illicit drug users, although some cases have been neither. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment. No common sources of food, beverage or drugs have been identified that have contributed to this outbreak, though investigation is ongoing.
On September 1, 2017, the San Diego County Public Health Officer declared a local public health emergency due to the ongoing hepatitis A virus outbreak in the county. The County Board of Supervisors ratified this declaration on September 6, 2017 and again on September 12, 2017. The declaration shall be ratified every two weeks by the County Board of Supervisors until the declaration is rescinded.