City Addresses Hepatitis A Health Emergency
City of Santee Response to Hepatitis A Public Health Emergency
The City of Santee has been working closely with the County Health and Human Services Agency to address the Hepatitis A virus outbreak by taking preventative measures to protect local residents.
As of Sept. 26, there have been 11 cases of Hepatitis A diagnosed in the City of Santee, according to county health officials.
The Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Team has contacted local homeless persons and provided them with information about the outbreak as well as inoculation shots to those who consent. In addition, the city has agreed to participate with the county’s prevention program by placing three hand-washing stations in city parks adjacent to the San Diego River, where homeless encampments have occurred.
As an additional preventative strategy, city crews have been disinfecting public areas such as restrooms and picnic shelters on a weekly basis.
After the County Public Health Officer declared a local public health emergency on Sept. 1, 2017, the city published a news article about the Hepatitis A outbreak on the home page of the city website and continues to participate in the county’s effort to inform the public about this important topic.
Santee city officials continue to meet and confer with county health officials to ensure that everything that can be done to address the outbreak on a local level will be carried out.
More information about the Hepatitis A public health emergency can be found at the county's website here:http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/Hepatitis_A.html