The rampant hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego is highlighting the city’s significant homeless problem.
More than half of the 444 people with confirmed cases as of Sept. 14 are homeless, county health officials reported earlier this month. The officials say the highly contagious liver infection was spread through person-to-person contact.
While hepatitis A usually is not fatal, the San Diego outbreak has resulted in 17 deaths to date.
San Diego has more than 9,100 homeless people, which amounts to the fourth largest homeless population in the country. The first three are New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
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