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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Los Angeles Keeps Hepatitis Low

This in from Rick Swinger who is so conscious of the possibility of Hepatitis A in and surrounding 3rd because of the concentration of homeless.  Here is report from  CDC.

A large hepatitis A outbreak is ongoing in California. The majority of patients in this outbreak report experiencing homelessness and/or using illicit drugs in settings of limited sanitation. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that person-to-person through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States.

San Diego, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Los Angeles Counties have declared local outbreak status. Outbreak associated cases have been confirmed in other California jurisdictions.
Table. Outbreak Associated Hepatitis A infections by California Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction

Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

San Diego

586

401

20

Santa Cruz

76

33

1

Los Angeles

12

8

0

Monterey

12

10

0

Other

17

8

0

Total

703

460

21

 

 

Comments (2)

  1. Rick Swinger

    Im glad to hear this particular bathrooms are going to be open 24/7 with security now! Being a resident in Venice for 38 years Ive have seen lots of human feces on our streets but never in the quantity I have been seeing these last few years. Back in June of 2016 I was on the beach and I noticed a sand bucket next to our Rose Ave cesspool. It dawned on me that kids from a playground a few feet away where playing in that pool of water that contain feces from the homeless encampment just a couple of blocks up the street! At that time there was not one single warning sign there. That was all the proof I needed to know that our local government had failed us! The homeless folks I see squatting by Public Storage’s Dumpsite and Hampton Dr have been defecating near storm drains that go directly into that pool of water every single day. St. Joseph Center was suppose to clean some of this up years ago but choose not to clean up until recently. Thats another ongoing story. Anyway I started Stop illegal Dumping in Venice Beach Facebook page to bring awareness to the pollution and the possible solutions to these health hazards. This page was started before the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego in hopes that we could clean up our beach before folks especially young kids get illnesses related to the pollution I was seeing everyday next to my home and the beach. I don’t want homeless that are inexperience campers anywhere near these public waters but I have recognized that its so easy for them to poop and go on our streets that not having these bathrooms is not a homeless deterrent that folks think this is. So its my personal conclusion at this time we have two choices and that is to open that bathroom or have the homeless just simply poop on our beach. The second choice of course puts lives in danger of diseases. I also know this is not a cure for folks are still going to poop on our streets but we will experience a reduction and honesty thats all we can ever expect.I do want and expect to see 3rd st camp move closer to the Horizon bathrooms most likely surrounding the post office which is the nearest and largest camp to those bathrooms. Im hoping 3rd St camp will reduce its over crowded population which is necessary for many reasons. One its in an illegal dumping zone caused by Public Storage that is spreading garbage and bulky items all over the nearby residents. It is also necessary do to the exposure of hundreds of residents living in multi family units directly across the street from this hazardous dump which is a straight storm drain line to that cesspool where unvaccinated children have been seen playing in as late as a few weeks ago! Just terrifying even with the new warning sign I had to call in again kids were playing in this contaminated water! The health dept said they can only give us one so what direction did I want it to face! I said North towards the playground…

  2. Rick Swinger

    We are not out of the woods yet but this 24/7 Horizon Bathroom that set to open will help reduce the probability of this and many other diseases from spreading. Lets hope the security and maintenance will be 5 star for we need this to work more than ever.

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