San Diego Declares State of Emergency Due to Hepatitis A Breakout

 

Another reason to be sure to wash your hands and make sure your vaccinations are up to date! Sixteen people have died out of the 421 people infected by a Hepatitis A breakout in San Diego. Over half of those infected have been hospitalized due to the highly contagious infection that causes the liver to become inflamed.

Via Newsweek:

The deadly hepatitis A outbreak plaguing San Diego has primarily affected either “homeless and/or illicit drug users,” according to San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. But on Friday, health officials advised the public that anyone who visited a popular restaurant on the Pacific Beach boardwalk during specific dates and times might have been exposed to the virus.

The establishment in question is World Famous Restaurant, located at 711 Pacific Beach Drive in San Diego. The restaurant is now closed, NBC San Diego reported.

Officials haven’t determined the source of exposure but have warned that employees, customers and other guests who were at the restaurant on any of the following dates and times might have come into contact with the hepatitis A:

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