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Hepatitis A – 17 Dead in California

IN THE UNPRECEDENTED SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

California Scrambles To Contain ‘Unprecedented’ Hepatitis A …

californiahealthline.org/…/state-officials-scramble-to-contain-unprecedented-hepatitis-…

4 days ago – HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM HOMELESS, HAVE BEEN INFECTED. IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, WHERE 17 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, critics fault authorities for …

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THE HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK IN CALIFORNIA STARTED IN NOVEMBER 2016, OVER 10 MONTHS AGO.

THE NUMBER OF CASES HAS EXCEEDED OTHER LARGE OUTBREAKS, SAID A CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) SPOKESPERSON, AND IS “LIKELY THE MOST DEATHS IN AN OUTBREAK IN THE US IN THE PAST 20 YEARS”…

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  1. WILMA WOOTEN SAID THE OVERALL CASE COUNT JUMPED TO 461 TUESDAY, WITH 315 HOSPITALIZATIONS SINCE NOVEMBER AND 17 DEATHS. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF ONE DEATH, 17 CASES AND 10 HOSPITALIZATIONS FROM A WEEK AGO.

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CALIFORNIA THE  SANCTUARY STATE IS HOME TO 21.5% OF ALL HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

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People at high risk for hepatitis A infection include:

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS. HEPATITIS A IS THE HEPATITIS STRAIN PEOPLE ARE MOST LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER IN THE COURSE OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

HEPATITIS A HAS A LONG INCUBATION PERIOD – UP TO 28 DAYS – WHICH MEANS PEOPLE CAN SPREAD THE DISEASE BEFORE THEY’RE AWARE THEY’RE INFECTED.

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SCRAMBLING  IN THE SANCTUARY CITY OF SEATTLE

Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County – Public Health Insider

https://publichealthinsider.com/…/preventing-a-hepatitis-a-outbreak-in-king-county/

3 days ago – Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus.

CONCERNED THAT A HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK COULD OCCUR IN KING COUNTY. …

THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTRACTED HEPATITIS A IN SAN DIEGO ARE LIVING HOMELESS AND/OR ARE

We are working with the City of Seattle, and encampment, shelter, …

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IN THE UNPRECEDENTED SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA IS HOME TO 21.5% OF ALL HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES, by far the largest such share. Nearly two-thirds of California’s homeless population is unsheltered, the highest proportion of all states…. read more here unsheltered homeless people:

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Hepatitis A Kills 17 in California

In large part, THE VICTIMS WERE HOMELESS PEOPLE who have had to contend with a lack of 24-hour public restrooms. Someone whose health is already compromised – by alcoholism, drug use or other illnesses – faces a higher risk of death from hepatitis A, Loomba said. He recommends that anyone who is homeless should get vaccinated.

Experts say that besides vaccination, thorough hand-washing is the best way to prevent the spread of the illness. But good hygiene is difficult for someone who is homeless, when public restrooms are scarce and few are open 24 hours.

THIS IS TRUE OF MANY CITIES ( LIKE SEATTLE) WITH LARGE HOMELESS POPULATIONS ACROSS THE WESTERN US – there are only nine toilets for 1,800 people at night on Los Angeles’ Skid Row – and not least in downtown San Diego, where the only 24-hour restroom is many blocks from the largest encampments.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus, …

In San Diego, 264 people have been hospitalized, roughly 70% of them homeless,

IN AN OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN LAST NOVEMBER 2016,

according to local health officials. Nine of the 14 deaths have occurred since mid-July.

The virus, which impairs liver function, causing jaundice, fatigue, joint pain and, in the most serious cases, death, is largely spread through food or water contaminated by fecal matter. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period – up to 28 days – which means people can spread the disease before they’re aware they’re infected.

The number of cases has exceeded other large outbreaks, said a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spokesperson, and is “likely the most deaths in an outbreak in the US in the past 20 years”

Dr. Wilma Wooten said the overall case count jumped to 461 Tuesday, with 315 hospitalizations since November and 17 deaths. That’s an increase of one death, 17 cases and 10 hospitalizations from a week ago.

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Hepatitis A Risk Factors and Transmission – Hepatitis A Health …

www.nytimes.com/health/guides/…/hepatitis-a/risk-factors-and-transmission.html?…1

Dec 23, 2013 – Eating or drinking food or water contaminated with hepatitis A virus. … a condom can help reduce risk); Sharing needles and drug injection …

Depending on the type of hepatitis virus, there are different ways that people can acquire hepatitis. In the United States, the main ways that people contract hepatitis are:

  • Hepatitis A . Through contaminated food and water

 Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A virus is excreted in feces and transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water. An infected person can transmit hepatitis to others if they do not take strict sanitary precautions, such as thoroughly washing hands before food preparation

People can become infected with hepatitis A by:

Eating or drinking food or water contaminated with hepatitis A virus. Contaminated fruits, vegetables, shellfish, ice, and water are common sources of hepatitis A transmission.

Engaging in unsafe sexual practices (oral-anal contact).

People at high risk for hepatitis A infection include:

International travelers. Hepatitis A is the hepatitis strain people are most likely to encounter in the course of international travel to developing countries.

Day care employees and children. Many cases of hepatitis A occur among day care employees and children who attend day care. Risks can be reduced if hygienic precautions are used, particularly when changing babies and handling diapers.

People living in a household with someone who has hepatitis A

Men who have sex with men

Users of illegal drugs

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Deadliest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades kills 14 in San Diego | US …

https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Homelessness

Aug 28, 2017 – Fault Line Park in San Diego, California. … Fourteen people have died from an outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego, and experts believe it to be …

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Death toll from San Diego hepatitis outbreak rises to 17, with no signs …

www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-san-diego-ouitbreak-20170927-story.html

3 days ago – The death toll in San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak increased … for the outbreak in San Diego and several other California communities.

The death toll in San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak increased Tuesday, and the region’s top public health official said she hasn’t seen any signs of a slowdown in the public health emergency that has now killed 17 people.

Dr. Wilma Wooten said there are 49 suspected hepatitis cases and one death still under investigation. A week ago, there were 44 cases, and the number of investigations has bounced from roughly 30 to 50 at any given time for several months, public health officials said.

“Until the numbers start dropping, we won’t have a clear indication of whether we have turned the corner or not,” Wooten said after making a presentation to the county Board of Supervisors.

She said the overall case count jumped to 461 Tuesday, with 315 hospitalizations since November and 17 deaths. That’s an increase of one death, 17 cases and 10 hospitalizations from a week ago.

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IN AN OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN LAST NOVEMBER 2016,

Hepatitis outbreak: San Diego power-washing streets as death toll rises

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/to-fight-deadly-hepatitis-outbreak-san-diego-begins…

Sep 13, 2017 –stations and power-washing streets in the Southern California city. … On Monday, crews cleaned areas around 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in … Hepatitis A, which is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus, …

In large part, the victims were homeless people who have had to contend with a lack of 24-hour public restrooms, even though hand-washing is one of the best defenses against infection.

The number of cases has exceeded other large outbreaks, said a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spokesperson, and is “likely the most deaths in an outbreak in the US in the past 20 years”, the period in which the CDC has operated its electronic reporting system. In 2003, three people died and at least 124 were hospitalized after eating contaminated salsa at a Pennsylvania restaurant. In 2013, 69 people across 10 states were hospitalized after eating contaminated pomegranate seeds.

Yet in San Diego, 264 people have been hospitalized, roughly 70% of them homeless, in an outbreak that began last November, according to local health officials. Nine of the 14 deaths have occurred since mid-July.

The virus, which impairs liver function, causing jaundice, fatigue, joint pain and, in the most serious cases, death, is largely spread through food or water contaminated by fecal matter. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period – up to 28 days – which means people can spread the disease before they’re aware they’re infected.

IN THE UNPRECEDENTED SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

A COUNTY SPOKESPERSON SAID epidemiologists have yet to determine the cause of the outbreak. Contaminated food is often the source of an outbreak, and DR ROHIT LOOMBA, DIRECTOR OF HEPATOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO, WONDERED if the source could have been food that groups distribute to homeless residents.

“MY GUT FEELING IS it was a common source where somebody might have given food to a group of homeless individuals,” he said. From there, the virus spread via personal contact. “They don’t have a clean water supply to wash their hands, and once they have hepatitis A, then they become a source for another person.”

The bottom line….

THE HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK IN THE SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA STARTED IN NOVEMBER 2016, OVER 10 MONTHS AGO.  

Now it is “likely the most deaths in an outbreak in the US in the past 20 years”

And, the local liberal Seattle WA State public TV news media started reporting it Sept 29, 2017?