Diseases and Illnesses

Council votes to continue porta potty program

Council votes to continue porta potty program

In an effort to further address a countywide Hepatitis A outbreak, the Encinitas City Council voted Nov. 15 to continue a portable toilet program around the city through the current fiscal year.

San Diego County declared a public health emergency in regard to Hepatitis A in September.

The virus, which causes a highly contagious liver infection, is spread when people come in contact with fecal material. Some people who contract the disease show no symptoms, while others experience fever, fatigue, vomiting, a yellowing of the eyes, dark urine and diarrhea, county health officials report.

Because many of the people who have contracted the disease are homeless, there's...