San Diego to begin washing streets with bleach amid hepatitis outbreak


SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s mayor says street washing will occur every other week to combat the city’s deadly outbreak of hepatitis A.

Earlier this month San Diego County officials declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the liver disease that has killed 15 people and hospitalized 300 more. The homeless population has been hit the hardest.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office on Friday responded to a letter from the county asking the city to move forward with sanitation actions.

Crews will use bleach-spiked water for the high-pressure washing of surfaces that may be contaminated with feces, blood or other bodily fluids. The virus lives in human feces.

The Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2y0hkuT ) about 40 portable hand-washing stations are being installed in areas with concentrations of homeless.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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Source:: The Mercury News – Health

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