San Diego is affected by a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that has already affected hundreds of people, killing at least 16. Initially, we were told that most of the victims are homeless drug users, but a new announcement stated that anyone who visited the World Famous Restaurant during specific dates and times may be in danger.
Times and dates when customers might have come in contact with the virus
Health officials offered us the exact dates and times when World Famous customers and employees were exposed to hepatitis A: August 28, 29 and 30 between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., September 3 and 4 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and September 10 and 11 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“The risk to the public is low, but anyone who ate or had beverages at the restaurant on those dates and times should be aware of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A. We encourage anyone who has not had the hepatitis A vaccine and those who may have been exposed to contact their health care provider.” the region’s public health officer Wilma Wooten declared.
Here are the most common hepatitis A symptoms: nausea and vomiting, yellowing of the eyes and the skin, discomfort or abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, joint pain. However, not every person infected with the virus develops symptoms
San Diego is fighting the outbreak
Officials are power-washing the downtown streets, using a bleach-based liquid.
“In conjunction with San Diego County Health Department, World Famous is taking all steps necessary to combat this citywide issue. We hired a professional hazmat crew to clean and sanitize our restaurant at a very high level,” the general manager of World Famous stated. He also declared that: “We understand the severity of this issue and will do everything we can to ensure a safe environment for all.”
Free hepatitis A vaccinations
Hepatitis A vaccinations will be administered for free. Here are the dates and the places: the San Diego Central Library on September 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the North Central Public Health Center on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.