To curb outbreak, San Diego will power wash “fecally contaminated” city

September 12, 2017

Enlarge / A little rinse won’t do. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

San Diego California has turned to pressure washing its “fecally contaminated” downtown with bleach-spiked water every other week and installing dozens of hand washing stations to try to curb an aggressive outbreak of hepatitis A infections, the Associated Press reports.

So far, 398 cases have been reported and confirmed in the outbreak, which began in November. Of those infected, 279 were hospitalized and 15 people died. The city’s homeless community has been particularly hard hit by the outbreak.

Earlier this month, the San Diego Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency.

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