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Published on June 12, 2017. Last modified on July 30, 2019
Currently, there have been 4 cases of hepatitis A in Monterey County associated with the outbreak of hepatitis A in Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties. At this time, we encourage all agencies working with homeless people and illicit drug users to utilize good hand hygiene and to promote hand hygiene among their clients. For those providing direct care to these populations, the Health Department recommends vaccination against hepatitis A as a precautionary measure should hepatitis A spread to Monterey County. Clients who are homeless and/or illicit drug users should also be encouraged to receive hepatitis A immunization at this time.
Below please find information sheets about hepatitis A in both English and Spanish to distribute to staff, volunteers, and clients. In addition, we have provided disinfection guidelines for agencies serving the homeless to help reduce the spread of hepatitis A.
For food establishments, visit our Consumer Protection Program's Food Safety and Hepatitis A Page
For further guidance, please call the Health Department's Communicable Disease Unit at 831-755-4521.