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San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak Continues To Grow

San Diego city and county officials speak at a press conference on the city's...

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Above: San Diego city and county officials speak at a press conference on the city's hepatitis A outbreak, Sept. 19, 2017.

Twenty new cases are being reported this week, bringing the number of people infected to 481, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services.

Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten said there are 47 other cases awaiting confirmation.

Starting Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in San Diego, discussing the spread of the virus, including how it made its way to Maricopa County in Arizona.

They will be presenting their findings at the 2017 ID week conference.

Hepatitis A Vaccine Locations

—Call 2-1-1 to find a community clinic near you to request the hepatitis A virus vaccine.

—Click here to see a list of community health centers.

—Click here for a list of Public Health Center Immunization Clinic sites.

Dr. Wooten said San Diego has been working with the CDC for months.

"In May CDC sent staff here to work with us and help us identify the case definition," said Wooten. "We've been working with CDC as well as the State of California since we determined this outbreak."

The outbreak in San Diego was discovered last March.

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Wooten said the hepatitis outbreak could be slowing down, but right now it is just too early to tell.

New numbers reveal 20 more confirmed cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 481. The new numbers come ahead of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presentation about the virus in San Diego.


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