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October 15th, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency because of a deadly hepatitis A outbreak in the Land of Fruits and Nuts.
Moonbeam issued the proclamation on Friday, allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in an attempt to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak.
Immunizations from the federal vaccine program have been distributed to at-risk populations in affected areas, but additional supplies are needed, according to a statement released by Brown’s office.
The emergency proclamation gives the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) authority to immediately purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them to impacted communities.
The Los Angeles County, San Diego, and Santa Cruz Departments of Public Health announced the deadly outbreak in September, and San Diego has taken to spraying sidewalks and streets with bleach in a desperate attempt to curb the spread of the disease.
California is experiencing the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the United States transmitted from person to person – instead of by contaminated food – since the vaccine became available in 1996.
According to the CDPH, the hepatitis A virus is spread when the virus is ingested by mouth from contact with hands, objects, food or drinks that are contaminated by the feces of an infected person, ABC7 Reports..
Hepatitis A infection typically causes fever, a general ill feeling, yellowness of the skin, lack of appetite and nausea. Severe hepatitis A infection is rare but is more common in people with underlying liver disease and can cause the liver to fail, which can lead to death.
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