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After 15 Die in Hepatitis Outbreak, San Diego Begins Sanitary Street Washing

An outbreak of hepatitis A has killed 15 and hospitalized 300 in San Diego, spurring the city to begin cleaning its streets every other week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Forty hand-washing stations are also being installed on the streets. Access to public restrooms is being expanded, too. The county called the city’s downtown a “fecally-contaminated environment” with “at-risk” populations — the homeless — needing these sanitary services most. Vaccination teams are also on the go, with vaccination clinics setting up in public libraries.

Even though vaccines are part of the city’s solution, I’m happy to see the city is recognizing that the real problem behind this outbreak is not for a lack of vaccines, as our country is the most vaccinated in the world. Thankfully, San Diego city officials have determined that sanitary conditions are key factors in illness no matter where you are, be it the United States or a developing country.

To that end, half the world is drinking contaminated water, and it’s not just fecal contamination (a problem that exists in any city where people urinate and defecate on the streets) that is causing illness. The World Health Organization says that besides the nearly 2 billion people who are drinking water contaminated with feces, others are drinking water contaminated by agriculture runoff, accidents and improper disposal of drugs.

In the U.S. alone, the Environmental Working Group tested 50,000 water utilities and found 267 toxins in public tap water! For me and you, this means that filtering our water is no longer an option. One of the best filters I've found so far is the Pure & Clear Whole House Water Filtration System, which uses a three-stage filtration process — a micron sediment prefilter, a KDF water filter and a high-grade carbon water filter — to filter out chlorine, disinfection byproducts (DBPs) and other contaminants.
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