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Why is San Diego washing its streets with bleach?
San Diego has started washing its streets with bleach, but why? The reason is that it is an attempt by the administration to prevent an outbreak of hepatitis A.

The outbreak has already claimed at least 15 lives and more than 400 people have been infected. As per reports, the disease has mostly affected the homeless people of the city and one of the major reasons is reported be the lack of public toilets.

The initial cases of hepatitis A were reported in March and the number of cases kept growing and has now reached a level where the city administration has had to declare a public health emergency. The health emergency was declared earlier this month.

Now in a bid to prevent the outbreak of diseases, the city administration has been spraying streets with diluted household bleach solution. As per the standard operating procedure, first the things that can carry the infection are sprayed with bleach. This includes human waste or needles. Then after a gap of 10 minutes the area is sprayed with bleach again. Once both the sprays are completed, the area is pressure-washed with water. And the process is repeated every two weeks. Bleach is used in this process because it is the best disinfectant available. 

To speed up the process, the city has even hired private contractors for this purpose and has been actively campaigning to check the spread of the virus including vaccinations. 

What has worsened the situation is the massively increasing population of homeless people in San Diego. And add to this how easily hepatitis A spreads and the amount of damage it causes, especially to the liver.

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