San Diego officials say they have the hepatitis epidemic under control.
Six months ago, the outbreak was described as the worst in decades. The public health crisis linked to the city’s thousands of homeless people living on the street.
Health officials vaccinated more than 120 thousand people against hepatitis A. Of 578 cases reported in San Diego, 20 people died. No new cases have been reported since January 3rd.
Health officials said when they were doing the vaccinations of the homeless encampments, some thought it was a county conspiracy to kill them off or to get them to move and go away. Health officials often issued gift cards for free sandwiches or Starbucks coffee to persuade homeless people to be vaccinated. Thousands of homeless people live outdoors in San Diego county. Many are drug abusers. Others are mentally ill or just prefer the outdoor lifestyle. A few are simply down on their luck.