As you may know, San Diego has had a rise in Hepatitis A cases, primarily among its homeless population. We are confident that travel to San Diego is safe.

We do urge visitors to follow standard good hygiene, washing your hands before eating. Vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A are also available and non-health professionals should consult their doctor or other health professional.

Hepatitis A is a food-borne virus, spread by eating or drinking something that has been contaminated by exposure to feces from an infected person. The Hepatitis A strain associated with the current outbreak is transmitted person to person and the city is taking many precautions, including vaccinating target populations, sanitizing the public streets where at-risk populations congregate and setting up 24-hour bathroom facilities for them. See sandiego.org/hepatitis for the most recent information on the actions being taken by San Diego authorities.

IDWeek attendees who are pregnant or have various immunocompromised conditions, chronic liver disease, clotting-factor disorders, such as hemophilia, and other high-risk circumstances should consider vaccination. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm for more information about Hepatitis A.

Late Breaker Session on Hepatitis A

Please note that IDWeek will feature a late breaker session, The Surprising Return of Hepatitis A: Ongoing Outbreaks Among Homeless and IDU Populations. Speakers will be Monique Foster, MD, MPH of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Eric McDonald, MD, MPH, from the Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch at the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Join us Wednesday, October 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 6AB.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego Oct. 4-8 for IDWeek 2017.