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How did Hawaii’s hepatitis A outbreak compare to San Diego’s?

Known for living in a laid-back paradise, Hawaiians showed just how quickly they can move when a hepatitis A outbreak arrived in late June of 2016.

The Aloha State was able to end the viral onslaught in six months, a signifcantly-shorter span than has already passed in San Diego and southeast Michigan where the hepatitis A has sickened more than 800 people. The island outbreak killed two people compared to 15 in Michigan and 19 in San Diego so far.

Though some might see these numbers as proof that Hawaii is better at responding to outbreaks, experts say that, rather than proving superiority or inferiority, the differences between between these three locations actually illustrate a deeper point: No two outbreaks are quite the same.

Dr. John…


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