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posted by martyb on Monday September 04, @06:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the wash-your-hands dept.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/03/548299633/san-diego-declares-health-emergency-amid-hepatitis-a-outbreak

San Diego's homeless population has been hit hardest by the highly contagious hepatitis A virus.

The outbreak, which began in November, has spread after vaccination and educational programs in the city failed to reduce the infection rate. The virus attacks the liver.

The public health declaration bolsters the county Health and Human Services Agency's ability to request state assistance to fund new sanitation measures. Areas with high concentrations of homeless people will receive dozens of portable hand-washing stations. Health workers will also use bleached-spiked water for power-washing contaminated surfaces.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, the San Diego Public Health Officer who signed the declaration into law on Friday, says the sanitation precautions are modeled after similar programs in other Southern California cities - including Los Angeles.

Also at Voice of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and LA Times.


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San Diego workers will power-wash streets with a bleach solution in an attempt to stop the spread of Hepatitis A:

At least 15 people have died in San Diego from an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. In an effort to stop the spread of the viral liver disease, city officials have begun power-washing streets across the downtown area, according to NBC San Diego.

As of Monday, workers dressed in protective white gear and red hard hats were seen outside spraying the sidewalks with a bleach-based liquid in hopes of killing the virus that lives in human feces. "We're probably going to be doing them every other Monday, see how that works out at least for the time being," Jose Ysea, a city spokesman, told NBC San Diego.

The high-pressure power-washing system using bleach will hopefully remove "all feces, blood, bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces," according to a sanitation plan included in a letter delivered to San Diego city officials, the Associated Press reports. For now, just streets in San Diego are being washed, but in the near future hand-washing and street-sanitizing efforts will be implemented in other cities in the region, Dr. Wilma Wooten, the region's public health officer, told the AP.

Also at LA Times. San Diego outbreak page.

Previously: San Diego Declares Emergency Due to Outbreak of Hepatitis A


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:35PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:35PM (#563520)

    Yeah. Dick Niggers.

    Yeah so we never fuck no old pussy.

    We fuck a whole lotta young pussy.

    Dick Niggers shootin a nut tween yo folds.

  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:51PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:51PM (#563524)

    Displaced Russian diplomats from SF on vacation.

    After all, isn't Russia responsible for Trump, AGW, Hurricane Harvey, my flat tire last week, and the leak of Game of Thrones?

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:56PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:56PM (#563527)

      The flat tire? That was your fault. You shouldn't have been cruising the bar parking lots, searching out potential gay partners.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Monday September 04, @06:54PM (12 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @06:54PM (#563525) Journal

    This IS one of the consequences of allowing uncontrolled illegal aliens pass through the county. Few of the nations that those illegals come from have the health standards that the US enjoys. It means nothing for them to spread their random diseases around the world. In fact, it's a bit of revenge, against the Euros, who introduced such diseases as polio, measles, smallpox, and more to the continent ~500 years ago. In the US, they have phones smarter than the users, LMAO!!

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    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 04, @07:15PM (5 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @07:15PM (#563530) Homepage Journal

      Hey man, I normally agree with that sentiment but hep A, unlike B and C, is caused by contaminated produce rather than nasty immigrant bummery.

      I'm surprised San Diego is actually doing anything about it -- we are well-known for our disdain for bums.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:37PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:37PM (#563540)

        Apparently Hep-A can survive in wastewater flow, and if treatment plants don't have sufficient filtration/chemical reactivity it can make its way back into the 'freshwater' supply and recontaminate the populace.

        This was a common problem in the Carribbean when I visited a few years back. You only drank filtered water (even the natives!) or boiled water, and never used anything from the tap that would go in your mouth.

        On the other hand, everything I read about Hep-A, unlike B and C, generally has no long term effects on healthy people if infected, is not transmissible ~6 months after an infection, and as long as you don't eat too many fatty foods while sick with it, will not usually damage your liver, unlike Hep B and C.

        • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 04, @08:10PM

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @08:10PM (#563554) Homepage Journal

          I should know this - As of a few years ago I still had the antibodies of hep A in my bloodstream. I got it when I was 10, ate a bad batch of side-of-the-road strawberries. Not unpleasant at all, though, and not even remotely a menace to my liver when compared to...other habits. Still, everytime I visit my doctor I order the "drunks' special" blood tests, which are liver-enzymes, blood-sugar stuff like A1C, and any fucking STD that can possibly be detected by human technology. Been lucky so far.

          Anyway, the hep-A hysteria is waaaaaay overblown. Reminds me of the swine flu hysteria when people started wearing surgical masks everywhere and shit.

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:41PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:41PM (#563542)

        we are well-known for our disdain for bums.

        Yeah well, it is well placed. We should be rounding up the motherfuckers and drown 'em like the disease ridden rats that they are, turn 'em into chum, and send it to the salmon farms. If it wasn't for the fear of bad PR and these damn SWJs, we could solve the problem before the holiday season starts. Oh wait, it starts on Labor Day now, doesn't it? Oh well, before Halloween then. The point is that liberal impotence has made us flaccid. We have to overcome that if we are to become the great country that can win wars again. This Korean thing is so embarrassing. I can't believe we are letting that fat fucker walk all over us. Absolutely shameful!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:44PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:44PM (#563543)

        I'm surprised San Diego is actually doing anything about it -- we are well-known for our disdain for bums.

        I'm sure it's only because also rich people are at danger...

        • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 04, @07:52PM

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @07:52PM (#563547) Homepage Journal

          Horseshit. Even East Village is crawling with cops and private security.

          Much of the streets there are smattered with piss and feces, and one morning there was a dude jacking up (injecting heroin) in broad daylight. But bum-on-non-bum violence is exceedingly rare in all parts of San Diego.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Joe Desertrat on Monday September 04, @08:39PM (1 child)

      by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Monday September 04, @08:39PM (#563567)

      This IS one of the consequences of allowing uncontrolled illegal aliens pass through the county.

      Mexico actually has a decent health care system, in which everyone that seeks it gets health care. More likely it is a consequence of having a healthcare system in which too many do not receive healthcare until it is an emergency situation.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 05, @01:20AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 05, @01:20AM (#563620)

      Maybe Ethanol or others around SD can chime in, but from what I know most of the homeless in SD are non-hispanic white men. Do you have any data on this being an immigrant problem?

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday September 05, @01:54AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 05, @01:54AM (#563629) Journal

        In San Diego, or any other city, undocumented and/or unwanted people are going to be mixing in the shadows. The homeless, the criminals, the illegal aliens, and anyone else who wants to stay out of sight of officialdom all share more or less common areas. Look at your own home city. Where do you find anything illegal? Prostitutes? Illicit drugs? A hit man? Doesn't almost all the crime happen in a more or less central area? Big cities might have multiple shadowy areas, but society's unwanted will still congregate in them. "Decent people" just stay the hell away from the area.

        Illegal aliens will be "homeless", by definition, when they arrive here. They may spend days, or even weeks, among the homeless. But, they arrived here with some kind of a mission in mind, so they aren't going to stay long in a homeless camp. They came here BECAUSE they have places to go, things to see, and people to do, so they are moving on soon.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Sulla on Tuesday September 05, @05:33AM (1 child)

      by Sulla (5173) on Tuesday September 05, @05:33AM (#563664) Journal

      Having seen the type of people shitting on the streets in the major west coast cities I think this is not something we can blame on aliens (although some of those fine folks on the streets think they can talk to aliens). The normal sort I see on the streets are deadheads who fried their brains on LSD, hippies who baked their brains on too much pot, alchoholics who did what alchies do, or 16-24 year olds who think living on the streets makes them free.

      Smelling feces while I walk to work really makes me happy to live in a modern progressive welcoming city.

  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:56PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @06:56PM (#563526)

    There's a skills shortage in the tech industry! The filthy homeless street shitters are just as good as filthy h1b street shitters, right?

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:04PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:04PM (#563529)

      Yes indeed our very own Michael David Crawford spent some time pretending to be homeless while he gathered enough sympathy for his personal brand to land a high paying tech job. His sob story was so compelling now he can afford to unlock the vault of riches which was holding his personal fortune while he was camping in the urban jungle among the real homeless like the fake fraud he is.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:23PM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:23PM (#563531)

        It's worse than that. Mdc has admitted repeatedly that the real reason he pretended to be homeless was to get debt collectors off his back. It's the perfect scam.

        1, hide assets in offshore accounts.
        2, hide valuables in storage lockers in foreign countries.
        3, live in a tent, be seen by witnesses.
        4, eat at soup kitchens, be seen by witnesses.
        5, brag online about being homeless, more witnesses.
        6, when debt collectors call, say "sorry I'm homeless you gotta believe me."
        7, use publicly funded social assistance to find housing.
        8, leverage personal brand, get job as code monkey.
        9, retrieve hidden fortunes.
        10, PROFIT.

        • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:35PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:35PM (#563538)

          Fuck the debt collectors, I'm entitled.

        • (Score: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 04, @07:59PM (1 child)

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @07:59PM (#563551) Homepage Journal

          I don't know about MDC but phoney bums are a big problem here in San Diego, in the beachfront communities.

          They're basically rich-kids who in childish bouts of misguided rage got mad at daddy and their upper middle-class Connecticut lifestyles and decided to become drifters. They literally beg for your dollars on the street corner and then get right into their Audis and drive off somewhere else. I actually dig the beach-bum culture but only when real authentic bums are involved -- people living out of beat-up hippie vans who have actually hitchhiked their way across the USA, or perhaps foreign countries, and have cool stories to tell.

          • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @09:09PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @09:09PM (#563575)

            Those aren't rich kids, they're leftover devs from Daybreak Games/SOE.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by realDonaldTrump on Monday September 04, @08:15PM

          by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Monday September 04, @08:15PM (#563558) Homepage Journal

          I'll tell you, getting out of debt is an art. I call it The Art of the Comeback, that's what I called my book. In which I tell how I was walking along Fifth Avenue in 1990. With Marla, we were married then. And what do we see on the most important and prestigious shopping street in New York City, a homeless man! Deplorable! And I said, "You see that man? Right now he’s worth $900 million more than me. Right now I’m worth minus $900 million." I owed a little more than that. Because real estate was doing very badly then. And I made some deals with people, I didn't do bankruptcy. Because you can only declare bankruptcy every so often. I came out smelling like a rose. No income tax for many, many years. Terrific! 🇺🇸

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:37PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:37PM (#563541)

      Only if they're cisfemale. We need more crazy bag lady programmers!

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:49PM (#563545)

        I knew a lesbian vampire programmer who aged out of tech as soon as she became a cougar preying on the blood of young women. Ageist SJWs are intolerant hypocrites.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:34PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 04, @07:34PM (#563537)

    Which fat cat capitalist got the sweet government contract to sell portable hand-washing stations to the homeless? Where's OriginalSocialist to whine about how socialism would have fixed everything by giving the homeless jerbs selling portable hand-washing stations to each other? Where's CapitalistBuzzard to squawk, fuck the homeless, I got mine!

    • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 04, @07:54PM (2 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 04, @07:54PM (#563548) Homepage Journal

      The homeless might have jobs if the illegals and other Tijuana labor weren't so busy taking them.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 05, @01:57AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 05, @01:57AM (#563630)

        You mean "The homeless might have jobs if companies weren't so busy hiring the illegals and other Tijuana labor."

  • (Score: 0, Spam) by Joyce on Tuesday September 05, @11:45PM

    by Joyce (6700) on Tuesday September 05, @11:45PM (#563973)

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