San Diego County health officials are notifying employees, patients, and visitors to the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital between April 5 and 25 that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A, as an individual at the hospital was diagnosed with the disease. According to Eric McDonald, MD, MPH, county deputy public health officer, although the risk is low, individuals who were notified should be aware of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A virus infection. He added that anyone who has been immunized for hepatitis A or previously had the disease is considered protected. All others are encouraged to contact the health department or their healthcare provider.
The county is offering hepatitis A vaccines to potentially exposed staff. The Public Health Services Clinic Complex is offering vaccinations to discharged hospital patients and visitors in Suite S at 381 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, on a walk-in basis from April 26 through May 7. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Individuals also may see their primary care physicians for immunization.