The City of Chula Vista is reaching out to the community about Hep A

The City of Chula Vista is reaching out to our community to provide information about the current Hepatitis A health emergency.

On Sept. 1, 2017, the San Diego County public health officer declared a local public health emergency due to the recent and ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak in the county.  The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by an infected person. This is not a foodborne outbreak; no common sources of food, beverage or drugs have been identified to contribute to this outbreak. 

There is a countywide effort to combat this outbreak, and it involves Vaccination, proper Sanitation, and Education. Please visit the City's web page to learn more about Hepatitis A and how you can stay safe. Businesses are strongly encouraged to review the web page for resources like disinfection and sanitation guidelines, signage for the workplace, and frequently asked questions. 

The City is working with the County and other agencies to help address the Hepatitis A outbreak by vaccinating our employees, reviewing and implementing recommended sanitation procedures, and providing education materials to our staff and the community. The City has coordinated with the County to install 15 hand washing stations at key city locations. Additionally, the City has posted signs in public and staff restrooms in all City buildings to inform everyone about steps to take to minimize Hepatitis A risk. We will continue to assess our response to ensure the City is appropriately addressing the Hepatitis A outbreak in Chula Vista.

For other information on Hepatitis A, visit the San Diego County web page.