San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak is probably not the result of sewage spilling across the Mexican border into the United States. If there’s any body of water to point to, it’s worth looking closer to home, at the San Diego River.
The hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego has brought together a volatile cocktail of rampant speculation and uncertain science.
The online video claims the outbreak is “believed to have been caused by illegal aliens” in the “liberal Southern California city of San Diego.” No sources are provided for those claims.
Others – including a couple local journalists – have asked open-ended questions about whether cross-border sewage spills are responsible for the outbreak. In the past, spills from the Tijuana River have brought hepatitis A into coastal waters and prompted surfers to get vaccines. But public health officials and water quality regulators do not believe this year’s outbreak in San Diego is linked to cross-border sewage.
“I think we can say as of right now we see no compelling reason to connect the two,” said David Gibson, the head of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.
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There was a statewide ban of plastic bags in both California and Michigan that went into effect this year - also the entire country of Chile. All three have had outbreaks of Hepatitis A this year.
These have uses in storage and sanitation by homeless individuals and drug users as well as in food handling and distribution. It may be there is a wider public sanitation impact that may now be reduced by the constriction in supply.
Come on now, we know that all diseases come from abroad. I rely on no less of an unreliable source than the President of these United States. He said "Mexican migrants bring 'tremendous infectious disease' to US"
"According to a recent study by the city and the county, cleaning up the river to restore wetlands and to reduce the bacteria in it could cost over $500 million."
Okay...every few years, volunteers and SDPD go down to clear out the riverbed. Tons of junk dragged down by the homeless are removed, and the people living there are kicked out. Last time, there were over 1000 people down there, living in shacks, sheltered by the trees that replaced pastures.
If the city doesn't want to spend money to clean up the river, how about making more of an effort to keep people from moving back into the valley? A monthly sweep would disrupt the establishment of more shacks and keep people from living there.
Think about the slough at the end of the river mouth by Ocean Beach. People let their dogs PLAY in that water! This could be another disease vector to think about.
I am waiting for hillary's people to blame it on the Russians, although the Mexicans certainly belong in the "usual suspects" category for the haters that blame all of our short comings on foreigners they don't like. The homeless problem is ignored by old schoolers that believe any kindness to the poor or unfortunate only encourages them to come here in larger numbers and become a financial burden. This is penny wise and pound stupid. It created the epidemic by artificially limiting the number of public restrooms available and causing the human waste to be disposed of out side of our public health system of sewage control which protects all of us. We exported 2 things to L.A. that they don't want, Hepatitis A and the Chargers. I think since the Spanos family went with the team we ended up winners.