Hepatitis A grows as health concern

Adriana Escasan

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There have been multiple cases where people have died in Downtown San Diego from Hepatitis A, as of November eighth there have been 546 cases and 20 deaths.

Mater Dei Catholic students, located twenty-one miles away from, downtown might not think too much of it. However, there have been some new cases that have been in Chula Vista which is a lot closer to Mater Dei. Arleth Santana, junior at Mater Dei Catholic, states that she thinks everyone is prone to getting since it is starting to grow all over San Diego.

The county has been trying to prevent this by having multiple vaccination events. Abbey Gibb from Fox 5 news reported in her article, Chula Vista steps up fight against hepatitis A that there have been over 28,000 San Diegans vaccinated. While Hepatitis A is usually nonfatal, it can cause liver failure which does lead to death.

There have been multiple cases where people have died in Downtown San Diego from Hepatitis A, as of November eighth there have been 546 cases and 20 deaths.

Mater Dei Catholic students, located twenty-one miles away from, downtown might not think too much of it. However, there have been some new cases that have been in Chula Vista which is a lot closer to Mater Dei. Arleth Santana, junior at Mater Dei Catholic, states that she thinks everyone is prone to getting since it is starting to grow all over San Diego.

Since this disease has been spreading rapidly around the San Diego county, the city has placed portable hand-washing stations which should decrease the amount of germs spread around the county. While Chula Vista is predominately focusing on preventing the spread, it is understandable that some people may be concerned.

Raven Savard,  junior at Mater Dei Catholic, states that she does not feel that the portable hand-washing stations since they would cause more bacteria. Savard says that she thinks it’d be a smarter idea to have Hand Sanitizer with you since you do not have to touch it multiple times.

This disease is normally spread by contaminated food or water it is also a fecal-oral transmission. Most people believe that this is spread by the homeless, since that is where it “began,” however the disease is all over the county. Many homeless advocates have pointed out that the homeless do not have access to proper bathrooms which may have started this outbreak.

In order to prevent the risk of spreading or catching Hepatitis A you should always wash your hands after coming in-contact with someone’s blood or especially someone who is infected.

Since this disease has been spreading rapidly around the San Diego county, the city has placed portable hand-washing stations which should decrease the amount of germs spread around the county. They are beginning to be placed closer to Mater Dei, which could cause a health concern in the school.

Raven Savard,  junior at Mater Dei Catholic ,states that she does not feel that the portable hand-washing stations since they would cause more bacteria. Savard says that she thinks it’d be a smarter idea to have Hand Sanitizer since you do not have to touch it multiple times.

This disease is normally spread by contaminated food or water it is also a fecal-oral transmission. Most people believe that this is spread by the homeless, since that is where it “began,” however the disease is all over the county. Many homeless advocates have pointed out that the homeless do not have access to proper bathrooms which may have started this outbreak.

In order to prevent the risk of spreading or catching Hepatitis A you should always wash your hands after coming in-contact with someone’s blood or especially someone who is infected.

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