Hepatitis A Outbreak In San Diego's Homeless Community

The homeless community in San Diego is in the midst of an outbreak of Hepatitis A.

The recent cleanup of the encampment along the San Diego River is one area where much of the disease could have easily been spread, and if anyone there has it, they could transmit it to others.

Dr. Wilma Wooten with the County Health Department tells KOGO News, Hepatitis A is usually spread due to unsanitary conditions, when someone uses the bathroom and doesn't wash their hands, then touches other items or food.

Two people have died and more than 55 others have been hospitalized with Hepatitis A.

The health department is working with shelters and agencies to vaccinate the homeless population against Hepatitis A. 

The vaccine is recommended for everyone, especially if you're planning a trip out of the country.

Listen to a quick minute below.

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