American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

For All Attendees

To Clinical Congress 2017 Attendees:

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 about that issue.

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.

Clinical Congress 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 www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm for more information about Hepatitis A.