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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap is an important step you can take to prevent spread of Hepatitis A.

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – After the County’s emergency declaration over Hepatitis A,  ECM learned that eight cases have been reported in La Mesa and at least six cases in Santee. So we asked both cities what steps they are taking to  address this public health problem.

La Mesa City Manager thanked us for our call and provided this response: “In regards to the Hepatitis A outbreak, La Mesa has been working to schedule a meeting with County staff regarding the outbreak and how it impacts the City. We have a meeting with County staff this Wednesday. In the meantime, our Public Works Department is implementing County recommended sanitation procedures in public restrooms.  The City has 24 public restrooms, 10 of which are open 24 hours.”

In addition, she said, city employees have been notified of vaccine information and who should receive it.

The City’s website has a link to the County’s information on the outbreak.

“The City is monitoring the situation and will continue to take measures as warranted and as recommended by the County Health Department,” she added.

Santee is working to set up a meeting with County health officials and has been delayed due to scheduling conflicts. The city clerk and city manager offices have both indicated they are working to get answers on the situation and will get back to us soon.

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