Hepatitis A outbreak hits Los Angeles after 2 cases confirmed


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Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego or Santa Cruz counties, health officials reported Tuesday.

“We are in the situation of a hepatitis A outbreak as of this morning,” Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer told the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Most cases to date have been identified in patients who are homeless or drug users, but include workers at a health care facility working with those patients, the county director of public health said in a news conference.

Ferrer urged anyone working with individuals at high risk of contracting the disease — including health care providers, food-service workers and shelter employees — to get vaccinated.

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