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San Diego hepatitis A death toll reaches 20

San Diego County health officials have reported the 20th fatality linked to the local outbreak of hepatitis A that has affected 536 people this year.

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County officials say the outbreak has primarily affected homeless and/or illicit drug users.

Vaccination efforts are underway targeting at-risk groups by County public health and our community health care partners and officials say that more than 90,000 people have been vaccinated. Two shots of the hepatitis A virus vaccine are recommended. The vaccine may be given as a twin vaccine against both hepatitis A and B.

Hepatitis A: California governor declares state of emergency

Due to the current outbreak, the San Diego County Public Health Officer strongly recommends the following groups be vaccinated with the hepatitis A vaccine:

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A virus is highly contagious. It can cause liver disease, lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting months. In some cases, people can die.