EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Public Health Department reported September 16 that public health staff members are in the process of investigating a suspected Hepatitis A case in Imperial County.
The individual, who is reportedly middle-aged and homeless, is receiving treatment at a local facility. According to reports, the individual had previously resided in the downtown area of San Diego before arriving in Imperial County last week. The case does not appear to have been contracted in Imperial County.
Due to confidentiality issues, no further identifying information will be shared, according to the health department. Yesterday, public health staff began vaccinating those in close contact with the individual to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A in the community.
Dr. Stephen Munday, the Imperial County Health Officer, stated, “As a result of the Hepatitis A outbreak in California, public health staff have been working closely with our medical community and partner agencies to monitor the situation and be ready to respond to a hepatitis A case in Imperial County. Our staff have responded quickly to the report of a suspect case and have started vaccinating individuals who may have been exposed in order to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A in our community.”