More Streets Power Washed In Effort To Curb San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Photo by Susan Murphy
San Diego broadened its efforts Wednesday to stop the deadly spread of hepatitis A by power-washing sidewalks in beach communities and the Midway area.
Crews cleaned sidewalks with a bleach solution in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and the Midway area Wednesday morning. Work will begin in Uptown and Mid- City on Friday.
"We are expanding cleaning efforts beyond downtown to other areas where we know homeless individuals are living in unsanitary conditions," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.
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.
The city started cleaning sidewalks three times a week in select downtown areas Sept. 11 in response to the outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far killed 17 people. To expand the cleaning effort to other communities, city officials estimate downtown sidewalks will now be sanitized every other week.
While sidewalk cleaning has been identified as a key action in helping to eliminate the virus, health experts said vaccinations and education are also critical.
Free vaccinations are being offered throughout the county. As many as 42,000 San Diego-area residents have received the shot so far, officials said.
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