As excerpted from Times of San Diego:
Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation Friday that allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the outbreak that began in San Diego.
“Today’s proclamation gives the California Department of Public Health authority to immediately purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them to impacted communities,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
So far there have been 576 cases and 18 deaths reported, with the vast majority in San Diego County, though Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties have also reported cases.
The majority of patients are homelessness or using illicit drugs, according to the state Department of Health.