TruNews – November 20, 2017
This past summer, an outbreak of a treatable, but deadly, disease appeared in San Diego, and despite the best efforts of public health officials, it’s spiraling out of control.
In the early 1970s, reported cases of Hepatitis A numbered nearly 10,000 a year, but after the U.S. began pushing vaccination efforts, particularly among those most at risk—intravenous drug users, the homeless, and homosexual men—that number fell to just a handful each year. As of this writing, however, there have been nearly 550 cases and 20 deaths reported in San Diego alone since June.
The last time San Diego saw such high numbers was in the 1990s, most of which were symptomless cases involving children in families with poor hygiene. Eric McDonald, the medical director for San Diego County Public Health Services’ epidemiology program, told WIRED magazine the epidemiology has changed substantially this year:
“We have had only one pediatric case, somebody who had not gotten an immunization. All of our other cases are over 25 years old, and the average age is 44.”