As health officials work to control a hepatitis outbreak in Southern California, Sacramento County and City officials are trying to get ahead of the crisis.
“We can learn from what happened in San Diego and take control measures that they enacted afterward and put them in place before,” said Dr. Runjhun Misra, an internal medicine specialist from Oakland.
After declaring an outbreak in San Diego County in April, health officials started distributing the vaccine to the homeless since they are the most at-risk because of poor hygiene and sanitary conditions. That outbreak has killed 17 and hospitalized 337.
Cases of the liver disease have inched north resulting in outbreaks in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties.