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VIDEO: County, City Urge Public to Help Stop Spread of Hepatitis A

Vaccination, sanitation and education. That was the motto at today’s press conference that brought together leaders from across San Diego to discuss hepatitis A and the current outbreak in the region.

Experts urged the public to take appropriate precautions – vaccinations for the most at-risk population and ensuring everyone washes their hands properly – to help stop the spread of this virus.

Our goal and highest priority is to vaccinate the entire at-risk population.

Nick Yphantides, M.D.

The County has already provided 22,000 vaccinations, with 15,000 of those to the high-risk community. Hygiene kits – 1,300 of them – have also been distributed, mostly in the downtown area.

County official Nick Yphantides, M.D. discusses the the latest news about the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, like how it’s transmitted and the incubation period, as well as what the public can do to help stop the spread of the virus.

James Kecskes is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.