Hepatitis A epidemic causing San Diego’s government to break down

Child-like finger-pointing started Monday over what appears to be a delayed response to the deadly hepatitis A outbreak ravaging San Diego County, as public records to and from city and county officials began to be released.

In one email from June, an officer at St. Vincent de Paul’s charity told county leaders that the city flatly refused to install portable toilets and sinks to help control the spread of the virus, which has infected nearly 450 people in recent months and killed 16.

The city has a long history of warnings by the grand jury and others over the need for restrooms downtown, where a growing homeless population has had to use other means to relieve themselves — contributing to the current sanitation and health crisis.

Source: City, county officials blame each other for growing hepatitis A outbreak – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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