San Diego Begins Sanitizing Sidewalks With Bleach Due To Rampant Homeless’ Feces
San Diego has begun hosing down the streets with bleach water to combat the mountains of feces left by the homeless people roaming every street.
The city and county have been trying to find a way to end an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to at least 15 deaths and 400 hospitalization due to homeless people using anywhere convenient for a toilet.
Crews have begun the effort by spraying down East Village sidewalks with a bleach solution. San Diego mayoral spokeswoman Craig Gustafson said the cleanings will happen at least three times a week, every other week, according to CBS8.
“By disinfecting our sidewalks and making additional public restrooms available 24/7, we’re following the direction of County health officials to address the unsanitary conditions that have helped fuel this outbreak,” Gustafason said, according to the San Diego Tribune. “We’re taking swift action to eradicate this virus from our streets and keep our most vulnerable residents safe.”
The liver disease outbreak started last year, mostly among the homeless population. City officials eventually declared a public health emergency to ease access to state funds and provide legal protection for the new sanitary measures.
Under the terms of the declared emergency, areas infested with homeless people are set to receive portable hand-washing stations to help combat the disease, which can easily spread when people do not wash their hands after defecating.
The plan is to use power washers and bleach water to remove “all feces, blood, bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces.” In an Aug. 31 letter from the county health department, officials asked the city to move forward with the sanitation measures and gave the city five days to respond with a plan, according to the LA Times.
The county also plans on increasing access to public restrooms.
San Diego had decided to copy a campaign to sanitize streets that was use by Los Angeles after previous efforts failed to curb the infection rate.
So far, the city has provided vaccinations to approximately 19,000 people. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, said she expects the number of victims to increase because of the illness’ long incubation period, Fox 5 San Diego reported.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 10th, 2017
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