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L.A. Health Officials Attempt to Stem Spread of Hepatitis A Outbreak That Has Led to 16 Deaths in San Diego County

Health officials in San Diego have scrambled for months to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A — vaccinating more than 19,000 people, putting up posters at bus stations and distributing hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes.

Contract workers in San Diego clean up city streets amid a worsening hepatitis A outbreak. (Credit: KSWB)

Contract workers in San Diego clean up city streets amid a worsening hepatitis A outbreak. (Credit: KSWB)

Despite those efforts, 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus in San Diego County and hundreds have become ill in what officials say is the nation’s second-largest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades.

Earlier this month, San Diego officials declared a public health emergency.

Though Los Angeles has so far escaped an outbreak, public health officials are hoping to head off a similar emergency. They say the virus could easily spread to Los Angeles because of its proximity to San Diego and the region’s large homeless population.

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