BEACON TRANSCRIPT – As pointed out by media reports, the city of San Diego has begun power washing its streets with bleach and will likely continue doing so “at least for the time being”. This is reportedly an attempt by the authorities of putting an end to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak.
San Diego to Start Power Washing its Down Town Streets Every Monday
According to reports, more than 15 people have already died in San Diego because of hepatitis A. The city is being hit with cases of the disease since November 2016, with authorities deciding to declare the outbreak a “health emergency”.
Hundreds of people have reportedly been affected by hepatitis A, which attacks the liver. It seems to have primarily affected the homeless population and the city’s illicit drug users. However, some cases are not connected to either one of these.
Health authorities are still trying to pin the source and cause of this outbreak. The investigation is still ongoing, with no common source of drugs, food, or beverages have yet been identified as being a contributor to the outbreak. Instead, the disease seems to spread from person-to-person and through the contact with “a fecally contaminated environment”.
In trying to end this problem, county officials to increase the streets’ sanitation. To do so, San Diego will be power washing its streets with bleach, to “hopefully remove all feces, blood, bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces”, according to a sanitation plan report.
Starting this Monday, workers dressed in white protective gear and red hard hats will be spraying the sidewalks with a ‘bleached-based liquid’ under high-pressure.
“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, was reported as saying.
Other Sanitation and Prevention Actions
Presently, only the downtown streets of San Diego are getting this high-pressure power washing sanitation treatment. However, the region’s public health officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, was reported as stating that other cities will start implanting sanitation programs as well.
Namely, they may start increasing their street-sanitizing or hand-washing efforts.
San Diego county officials have also implemented new vaccination guidelines. These recommend people, especially those at a higher risk, to get vaccinated.
A free hepatitis A vaccination session will take place on September 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library.
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