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California officially declares “State of Emergency” over Hepatitis A outbreak

California officially declares “State of Emergency” over Hepatitis A outbreak

California’s continuous requests for additional vaccine is running into limit of what federal resources can supply.

As the death toll in the Hepatitis A outbreak climbs to 18, California Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared a state of emergency.

The emergency proclamation, which was issued by Brown on Friday, allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak.

Immunizations from the federal vaccine program have been distributed to at-risk populations in affected areas, but additional supplies are needed, according to a statement released by Brown’s office.

The emergency proclamation gives the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) authority to immediately purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them to impacted communities.

National-level public health experts note that the San Diego-centered outbreak is the worst one recorded in decades.

Dr. Janet Haas, president-elect of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, said the outbreak is unusual for the U.S. because the spread of the liver infection has been blamed on a lack of basic hygiene and sanitation, not contaminated food.

That means public health officials can’t solely rely on previous containment methods.

“It’s not like there’s never been a hepatitis A outbreak before. … We know what’s worked in the past. Usually that contains it and the story ends,” Haas said. “But sometimes it doesn’t work, or circumstances are different and you have to ramp it up.”

For a state that has railed against the Trump administration so vigorously and has a contingent of citizens ready to #CalExit, our officials seem to have no problem draining federal resources…such as monies for wildfire response or vaccines to fight a disease outbreak.

California’s multi-county hepatitis A outbreak has so strained the federal government’s supply of vaccine that the state will take its own steps to secure more doses directly from manufacturers under an emergency declaration declared by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday.

Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health, said that the state has already received more than 80,000 free doses from a federal “317” emergency vaccine program run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“In our communications with them, as of late, it’s been very clear that our continuous requests for additional vaccine is running into their limit of what they can share with California,” Chavez said.

As a Californian, I would like to thank all the tax-paying Americans who have made our recent emergency responses possible. Please feel free to continue mocking our state officials when they rail against the current administration, which is now bailing them out of the “unintended consequences” of their social justice antics.


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lemme think about this…

local, county & state policies aid, abet and encourage both vagrants and illegals, which just happen to be nearly ideal reservoirs for Hep A and lots of other highly contagious communicable diseases.

and now we have a “crisis”? i wonder how *that* happened?

    Milhouse in reply to redc1c4. | October 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

    There is no Hep A crisis among illegal immigrants. It’s happening among the homeless, who are almost all US citizens, and have the same constitutional rights as you do. Vagrancy laws are blatantly unconstitutional, and were struck down decades ago.

      And you know this for a fact how?

        Milhouse in reply to Dave. | October 17, 2017 at 6:29 am

        I know it the same way I know there is a crisis in the first place. Every single report about the crisis says that it exists only among the homeless. And homeless people are not immigrants. Crossing the border, especially illegally, takes mental resources that the homeless, almost by definition, lack.

      Mac45 in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Vagrancy laws have been declared unconstitutional, but public health laws have not.

      The problem with homelessness is that it is almost always portrayed as involving people who are temporarily homeless due to a reversal of fortune. And, it is easily reversed by short term charity. The ugly truth is that the vast majority of homeless, especially the chronic homeless suffer from severe mental health issues and/or severe chemical dependency issue. This was not just acerbated but created by bleeding heart liberals who have made it impossible to institutionalize dangerous mentally ill people. This is one of the results. And, it is a fiscal black hole. Money pours into homeless programs which do almost nothing to cure the problem. I hope that the residents of California enjoy themselves.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | October 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

        You are right.

        What took the Leftist, Democrat Party Officials so long in declaring this???????

        Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | October 17, 2017 at 6:34 am

        Public health laws are constitutional only when those they’re enforced against have a way to comply with them. If someone has nowhere to do his business but the street, then he cannot be legally prevented from doing it there. If you don’t want him doing it there, you have to provide him with an alternative. It’s been suggested that the ban on free plastic bags has played a role here; I find that plausible, and one easy thing to do about it is drop the ban.

        Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | October 17, 2017 at 6:35 am

        And yes, anyone who’s been paying attention knows that the homeless are not poor, they’re crazy. Which is how I know that they’re not illegal immigrants, since crazy people don’t have what it takes to cross the border.

Yeppers. Like Redc1c4 said, third world policies lead to third world problems – go figure

Or are the “policies” a logical outcome of the incompetence of the anointed ruling class?

Another of the 4 horsemen making an entrance.

This is what happens when you allow a huge influx of unscreened illegal aliens across the southern border and simultaneously have a large homeless population with little or no provision for sanitary facilities.

    C. Lashown in reply to Granny. | October 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    …I would add a ‘political class’ that’s busy chasing unicorns and rainbows. This ‘political class’ just passed a bill in the state legislature stating it was NOT a criminal act to knowingly transmit the HIV virus. California is getting exactly what it deserves – and more nasty consequences are in the pipeline.

      tom_swift in reply to C. Lashown. | October 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      stating it was NOT a criminal act to knowingly transmit the HIV virus

      NOT correct. It’s still a crime; it’s no longer a felony.

Has Brown blamed it on global warming yet?

This wouldn’t happen if we had a High Speed Bullet Train

Where do I vote to force them from the union?

Stupid, non-rhetorical question: why does California need to go through the federal government to get vaccines?

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to ttl. | October 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I THINK it is because the vaccines they get through the Federal government are subsidized by the Feds. But if the Federal reserve stocks are down and they can’t give them any more, then the emergency declaration allows California to buy directly from private manufacturers . . . and pay market rates, which they do not really do not want to do.

    And of course, I could be wrong.

California, in which I live, is a money-bleeding joke. Americans should stop supporting it by allowing deductions on federal returns for state and local taxes. But, of course, there is little chance of this happening because so many Republicans want this “break” for their own constituents. Those Republicans are not about to do something good for the country if their voters have to lose a deduction.

Is San Fran next? probably

I’m sorry, but the main at-risk population for the Hep A outbreak is the homeless population. What is the best way to stop the Hep A outbreak, in California? Get rid of the at risk population which is causing the outbreak to begin with. Just do not allow California to simply ship their homeless to other states. Force California to take care of their incompetent residents.

    C. Lashown in reply to Mac45. | October 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The ‘homeless’ in Washington State and Oregon flock to southern California in the winter time. The weather and the social support check is bigger. When they return next summer they’ll bring a little ‘present’ with them. I wonder if you can be a ‘carrier’ of Hep A without showing any symptoms? Either way, this disease issue is going to spread. Thank you Gov. Brown.

Medical disaster (Hep A)
Cultural disaster (Hollywood)
Natural disaster (Fires)
Money disasters (Not-so-Hi-speed Train to Nowhere, Public pensions)
Demographic disasters (Illegal aliens, Middle class flight)
Legal disasters (Sanctuary cities, 9th Circuit)
Future disaster (Earthquake)

Not a good place to be.

I do not know why anybody cares to visit San Francisco anymore. I stepped out of the five star Palace Hotel onto Market St. which is supposed to be SF’s grand boulevard only to be greeted by homeless lying in feces, vomit and urine.

Next time you walk into a Subway, McDonalds, etc., and notice the likely hep-carriers from the streets slobbering over the soft drink dispenser available to the public, filling filthy containers they carry in with them they hold against the dispensers as they fill them.

If that doesn’t worry you, think about the door handle you grabbed coming and and going out.

This is going to explode. Given the obviousness of the sanitation problem and these restaurants’ being lax about the sanitation of their food dispensers available to anyone walking into their establishments, this could be the stuff of giant class-action lawsuits.

We shouldn’t wait for Cali to secede. That talk is just teasing.

We should throw them out first. It would solve a whole passel of problems at one whack. And sooner would be better than later.

    C. Lashown in reply to tom_swift. | October 16, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Force Cali to secede only AFTER we built a wall around the state and blocked any shipping in or out – kind of like the American version of the Gaza strip. Between the fires, flooding, earthquakes and diseases the state should be ready for re-settlement in about 20 years.

I frequently told people, when I returned from living in India for a couple of years, that we don’t have poverty like that here except among the American homeless, who are mostly either mentally disturbed or drug-addicted. In India, the poor poop outside, having no other place to do it and no habits of sanitation established. When they move to the slums of the cities, they continue the same habits, with predictable public health results. Seeing the same behavior on a significant scale in American cities is disheartening. Wait until the rainy season, California, when that stuff starts running through the streets.

I read this was a result of the plastic bag ban in California. The homeless were using the bags to poop in. Without the bags the end up pooping on the streets. Volunteers are now starting to hand out to the homeless plastic bags. Sorta like what people use for their dogs