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San Diego Declares Health Emergency Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak

The virus has killed more than a dozen people and sickened hundreds of others in San Diego since November.
A nurse loads a syringe with a vaccine against hepatitis at a free immunization clinic for students before the start of the school year, in Lynwood, California in 2013. / ROBYN BECK / Getty Images

San Diego's homeless population has been hit hardest by the highly contagious hepatitis A virus.

The outbreak, which began in November, has spread after vaccination and educational programs in the city failed to reduce the infection rate. The

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