By Steven John
San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties have seen a recent increase in the number of hepatitis A cases. In San Diego County more than 500 cases and 19 deaths have been reported.
Should this be of concern to residents in Riverside County? According to Barbara Cole, Director for Disease Control for Riverside University Health System Public Health, the answer is no.
In Riverside County, there have been seven hepatitis A cases reported and no deaths so far this year.
The best way to prevent transmission of the illness is to practice good hygiene, like washing your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, and getting the hepatitis A vaccine, which is available from many medical providers.
Listen to the interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.