(KRON) – California governor declares emergency as San Diego heptatitis A outbreak leads to vaccine shortage.
The hepatitis A outbreak has claimed 18 lives in Southern California.
California is experiencing the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the United States transmitted from person to person – instead of by contaminated food – since the vaccine became available in 1996.
There are 578 cases reported throughout California, the vast majority in San Diego.
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