Date: March 10, 2017 From: Public Health Services, Epidemiology & Immunizations Services Branch
This health advisory informs local healthcare providers about recent hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections disproportionately affecting homeless and illicit drug-using individuals in San Diego County. Recommendations and resources on HAV are provided.
Nineteen acute HAV infections have been confirmed in San Diego County residents with symptom onset between November 1, 2016 and March 4, 2017. Based on a prior three-year average, only seven to eight cases would have been expected during this time period. Fifteen of the 19 (79%) cases have been hospitalized and one patient (5%) died.
The age range of confirmed HAV cases was . . . (click below to continue)