NBC San Diego: California Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from NBC 7 San Diego:

San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of hepatitis A in the state

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday over a widespread Hepatitis A outbreak, citing a need to increase the current adult vaccine supply. San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak in the state, with 490 reported cases, 342 hospitalizations and 18 deaths, according to the CDPH's website. 

"Governor Brown is 100 percent correct. This is an emergency," said California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, in a statement. "What started as an outbreak of Hepatitis A in San Diego County has snowballed into an epidemic affecting other areas of California like Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. We must contain this epidemic now."

According to the governor's emergency proclamation, this is the worst outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States since the vaccine first became widely available 22 years ago. The declaration will allow the state to increase its vaccine supply in an effort to fight the outbreak. The federally-funded supply of vaccines is not sufficient to meet California's current health and safety needs.