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El Cajon Takes Steps To Tackle Hepatitis A Outbreak

Streets are washed in El Cajon in this undated photo.
City of El Cajon
Streets are washed in El Cajon in this undated photo.

The city of El Cajon Wednesday outlined steps that have been taken, or are in the works, to deal with an outbreak of hepatitis A that has plagued San Diego and other cities in the region.

While most of the more than 400 cases have occurred in San Diego, quite a few people in the East County city have been sickened by the illness — which attacks the liver. The county Health and Human Services Agency said it is hard to get a fix on exact numbers because of the transient nature of most victims.

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According to the HHSA, about two-thirds of outbreak cases struck the homeless or drug users.

City of El Cajon officials said new hand-washing stations have been, or will be set up at the library, Prescott Promenade and trolley stations.

The city is also power-washing sidewalks, curbs and benches in areas where homeless congregate, and has requested that the Metropolitan Transit System power-wash its trolley platforms. Restrooms in municipal buildings are being washed with a cleanser effective against hepatitis A, city officials said.

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Additionally, the El Cajon Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team has accompanied county nurses for in-the-field hepatitis A vaccinations, and more nurse visits are planned.


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The city said it has also posted a page on its website and Facebook account about the outbreak, prevention tips and city efforts to address the issue.

Vaccines have been administered to several hundred high-risk people in El Cajon, city officials said.