*San Diego has been scorched by a Hepatitis outbreak of epic proportions.
Since November 2016, 421 persons in the Southern California ocean-side city have been infected, and 16 of them have died. This preventable disease, spread by fecal contamination, can easily be contracted.
The touch of a door handle (or push of an elevator button) by an infected person who didn’t wash their hands after using the restroom — then heads to the cafeteria, and there you go.
This is all it takes for such a disease to become a larger public health crisis.
According to a Huffington Post report following an interview with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, San Diego’s huge homeless population has a lot to do with the outbreak.
Not to be confused with it being their fault, the report quotes activists and public health officials who say, San Diego could have avoided its hepatitis A crisis — or at least ensured it didn’t get this bad — if its homeless residents had better access to housing and the city provided the services they need to stay healthy.
Read more and watch the video report at EURThisNthat.