Monday, May 21, 2018
[San Diego County] Latest: San Diego mayor sees lessons from hepatitis outbreak
San Diego's mayor says he agrees with a county grand jury report that found communication between authorities was lacking during a recent Hepatitis A epidemic.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Thursday that the outbreak was an "unprecedented health crisis" and city and county officials need to improve coordination ahead of the next emergency.
The grand jury said poor communication delayed sanitation procedures that could have slowed the spread of Hepatitis A, especially among the homeless population.
The outbreak killed 20 people and sickened more than 575 between November 2016 and last fall.
Faulconer said the crisis underscored the need to address the homelessness problem. He said the city is implementing the largest expansion of homeless services in city history.
May 17, 2018