Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 22nd, 2017
California Struggles To Control Self-Inflicted Epidemic of Lethal Disease
What did they expect, seriously?
California’s politicians allowed an invasion of illegal aliens who brought in their own assorted diseases not seen commonly in the United States, forcing those on the lower tier of society onto the streets where the homeless eventually created tent cities, an ideal breeding ground for an epidemic.
The official case total for San Diego’s long-running hepatitis A outbreak is now at 553, the case tally does not include 31 suspected but not-yet-confirmed cases, 12 of which were referred to the public health department in the last week, according to a county spokesman.
Since the county declared a public health emergency on Sept. 1, millions have been spent on hand-washing stations, street cleaning and temporary housing for the homeless. Cities throughout the region have increased their efforts around sanitation as a result of the outbreak, and the region’s long-running homeless problem is getting more urgent attention than it has in a long time as a result of the public scrutiny that the outbreak has brought to bear.
Though the county reported last week that its vaccination efforts had passed the 100,000 mark, inoculation efforts are continuing in areas such as single-room occupancy hotels and substance-abuse treatment facilities where people sharing facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens can provide opportunities for infections to spread.
Health officials continue to advocate vaccination for anyone who is homeless, uses drugs or works with the public, especially food service workers, reports the San Diego Tribune.
Hepatitis A commonly spreads through fecal contamination of food, drugs or other shared forms of contact including sex.
Sharing dirty needles can also spread infection.
According to a presentation made to the county Board of Supervisors last week, 32 percent have been both homeless and illicit drug users. Another 16.7 percent are homeless but not drug users and 12 percent use drugs but are not homeless.
Nearly one third, according to the county, are neither homeless nor drug using. However, 40 percent of those have had contact with people or places with an elevated risk of infection.
Seventy-three people who have become infected have had no known exposure to surroundings or people that put them at risk.
Anyone who is in a high-risk group and who has not yet been vaccinated can call 2-1-1 to find locate the nearest vaccination clinic.
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