LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County plans to install temporary toilets and hand washing facilities near homeless encampments to help limit the spread of hepatitis A.

The Daily News reports supervisors unanimously approved the plan Tuesday. Sites in Palmdale, West Athens, Lennox, and West Carson were chosen for the sanitation stations. Those are areas that see encampments with at least 30 people at a time.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County’s health director, says the toilets and hand washing facilities should be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’ll be available for six months, after which health officials estimate the current hepatitis A outbreak will have ended.

As of Monday there were 32 hepatitis A cases reported in LA County.

The outbreak is centered in San Diego County, where at least 20 have died.


Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com

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