Outbreak Alert: Hepatitis A Spreads Through Homeless Population In Oregon

by | Jan 2, 2019 | Headline News | 25 comments

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    Oregon health officials are currently concerned about a Hepatitis A outbreak working its way through the homeless population in the state.  The exploding homeless population in more liberal and socialist areas are seeing a major rise in outbreaks of Hepatitis A, as California is already experiencing.

    The state of Oregon’s health workers have been shifting their focus and working to redirect hepatitis A prevention strategies toward homeless populations following a shift in how outbreaks of the disease occur, according to a report by the Bend Bulletin. Homeless populations are now the most vulnerable to contracting the Hepatitis A viral infection.

    The national rate of hepatitis A infections spiked in 2016 and 2017 with outbreaks affecting mainly adults over the age of 40, particularly those who were homeless. “The homeless population just seems like the perfect setup for this transmission,” said Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division. “You’ve got people living without the benefit of running water and often without toilet or sewage.”

    Hepatitis A is typically transmitted when someone ingests something that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain, and jaundice. Most people recover with limited treatment, but complications can occur especially among people already in poor health, such as the susceptible homeless.

    The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 1,521 cases of hepatitis A in 2017 from California, Kentucky, Michigan, and Utah. Of those, 57 percent had reported drug use, homelessness or both. As a result, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended in October adding homelessness to the list of reasons why some should be vaccinated. –Bend Bulletin

    The spikes in Hepatitis A infections have also led to the virus causing more serious problems. In 2017, 71 percent of those infected had to be hospitalized and 3 percent died from contracting the disease. Just one year earlier in 2016, 42 percent were hospitalized, with less than 1 percent dying from the infection. Several CDC officials have suggested that the increase in severity could be because more patients had Hepatitis B or C infections in addition, complicating the Hepatitis A treatment, or because of other risk factors common to those who use drugs or are homeless.

    The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is keeping your hands clean.  According to the World Health Organization, drinking water from a safe water supply, food safety (such as cooking foods properly and washing produce), improved sanitation in general, and hand washing are the most effective ways to combat the disease. A vaccine is available and government officials will always suggest you vaccinate. 

    “It really is a very effective vaccine, so that’s been our main push,” said Lisa Ferguson, who oversees the county’s communicable disease services team. “We’ve been trying to connect with homeless services providers and making sure people out in the field know what to be looking for.” Ferguson added, “This is a preventable disease, and vaccination is the way to prevent it.”


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      1. I read that in a local newspaper out of San Fransisco, that there were over three hundred piles of human feces left on two blocks of their sidewalk in one day due to the homeless.

      2. Reper Sleeper, there’s some homeless in my area but at nowhere near the levels on the west coast. I still avoid them like the plaque. You just don’t know what to expect from them.

      3. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
        Matthew 25:41-46

        The Gospel says a Christian is commanded to help at “one of the least of these”. Elsewhere it says this.

        42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
        Matthew 10:42

        These are the bare minimums required of Christian service.

        • What are you saying? We owe them our homes? There is food, water, shelter and even medical care available to these people, funded by our tax dollars, as well as by many charitable organizations. When people are drug addicts, we are not responsible to care for them. The Bible teaches self-control and self-judgment, as well as responsibility to live in a holy/clean manner which these people are not doing. I have pity, but I do not have guilt as there are choices that these people are making they and only they are accountable for.

          • What does the Bible say, Anne? It says ONE of the least of these. It says give a cup of cold water to ONE and you will not lose your reward.

            Now some of us in ministry, either as volunteers or directly working for the Church, spent DECADES helping MANY.

            The Bible says this as well.

            1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
            Galatians 6:1-5

            Pay attention to all of that, not just some verses and your own beliefs. Christians are held to a higher standard.

            • Maranatha, I have helped thousands of people for free and not part of any church at all ! Does that make me God or Jesus like ? NO it does not , it just makes me , me !

              I learned long ago never to try to help anybody who is not willing help themselves and there is a very simple test to apply that always works !

              • In study after study done for nonprofits, the lowest level of giving comes from atheists. When atheists point out significant givers who are atheists, I point out that these are foundations not individuals. And often done in ways to depopulate in 3rd world countries.

                You cannot earn eternal life no matter if you do good deeds every day. Heck Planned Parenthood activists think they are doing good deeds! Now they are telling people to “shout their abortion” on youtube.

        • 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
          26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
          John 10:25-30
          No man can pluck you out of the hands of Christ, but you must believe and hear his voice. Are you? Are you following Jesus or your own desires?

        • Maranatha, by far the vast majority of homeless are drug addicts or alcoholics here in USA today. Those are choices those people made and nobody forced them to make those choices. Nor are they diseases as claimed, that is bullshit to create the rehab shams that are just gov funded businesses with a 90+% fail rate. That is why your God thesis is not valid. God will not help such events, they must help themselves or simply perish as most of them will no matter what you may think ? Some of those supposed Christian ideas have in fact caused a lot of the problems we see today here in USA. Just as we see many churches getting paid via gov to relocate millions of illegal aliens in the last decade. Not to pick on Christianity, but all of the established religions are junk and just big businesses and partly tax payer funded since they pay no taxes ! Maybe time to rethink it Hey and become a Gnostic ?

          • That is false. The homeless population does contain both alcoholics and IV drug users, but also contains homosexual teens, veterans, the handicapped, runaways, and families.

            • Looking at the demographics, 10-15% use drugs. 33% are families, 7.5% are veterans, and 7-10% are unaccompanied minors. The last cohort are the ones most at risk.

              You see alcoholism as both a cause and strangely enough as a coping mechanism as it has calories. It ends up deadly due to harming their liver and causing esophageal varices which can burst and they bleed out. This is why you make them a sandwich never give them money.

              • There are no homeless women as 100% of government aid programs provide welfare and shelter FOR them at taxpayer expense. If they are on the street it is because they CHOOSE to be there, so lets end that bullshit charade right now. ONLY men have to justify their condition and need and are often turned away from government shelter and welfare programs solely because they are penis owners. unaccompanied minors as you put it are 100% elective choice to be there, 100% gays are elective CHOICE to be there as well. Lets stop the politically correct NONSENSE, on this topic. These are sour but true FACTS that keep getting dressed up in PC rags to tug heart strings.

                • Crazy talk demonstrably false based on demographics data.


                  • People can see it for themselves, just walking down the street where the shelters are….Observable ANECDOTAL Evidence. they see it these obvious truths every day they walk into a Walmart or a Golden Corral or a Good Will or consignment shop. trust US for comments, or trust their own lying eyes and observable REALITY. Hell if people were actually BRAVE they could just ASK the homes the simple question, “How did you become homeless”…the answers will starkly SHOCK them. Don’t ask the commercial panhandlers at the intersections by the malls and Walmart supercenters or Costcos…they are PROFESSIONAL “beggars”, who disappear with the fair weather. And Here I post the raw truth and get “Pshawed” for it….This is Weaponized morality hard at work hammering on peoples GUILT strings as if they were truly penitent in a church pew….Guilt used to CONTROL you to make you THINK and ACT a certain way…


                  • I live in your commonwealth, EYES WIDE OPEN and no blinders on. How sad you portray such willful blindness to truth. The panhandlers and beggars are everywhere here. You dont see because you dont wish to see. Every time it goes subfreezing the homeless are all over the news, the rescue ops for them for the cold snaps…. Ready made bread and circus acts on the news.

            • 98% of homeless are MEN, already abused and victimized by the gynocentric systems. Some are legitimate hoboes and non working non self supporting individuals. Some criminals. All drug addicts with the exception of some veterans MADE INTO ADDICTS BY THE VA, are addicts by CHOICE.

          • I did refugee ministry. That was very rewarding and genuine refugees are typically Christians and impoverished and very patriotic and hard working.

            The bulk of the federal money supports that goes to church organizations suppirts that,not economic migrants or illegal aliens.

            The entire ministry aims to acculturate the refugee(the opposite of leftist identity politics) and get them jobs and stability and economic independence.

            Most of the money is from donations and the refugees are encouraged to pay back transportation costs right away.

      4. And this is Bad News? If that Hep reduces the number of cull homeless Parasites that fine with me. Its no surprise that street shitters who live a unsanitary lifestyle get a deadly disease.

        • You would have a different perspective if you were a victim of the gynocentric Civil and Family courts where MEN are impoverished and financially raped by a twisted system that benefits ONLY women under the guise of “for the children”. Is it nasty that this stuff happens…AMEN it is, but you miss the REASONS why it happens to be revulsed by the results. you need a wider understanding of the reasons these people are victimized.

      5. This story has incorrectly described what is occurring in Oregon. The original story by the Bend Bulletin makes clear there has been NO OUTBREAK of hepatitis A in Oregon as yet. State officials are watching outbreaks among homeless in other areas and trying to prevent one from occurring in Oregon.

      6. Another mysterious death of a gmo-pharma opponent who tried to stop a GMO mosquito release into Houston like previously done at Key West. Brought all the evidence to be examined in D.C. but suddenly died. This a result of no regard for human life with full government approval. The kill list stands at 85 I read.

      7. I rarely go out to eat for good reason. Some food service workers don’t wash their hands like they should.

      8. The west side of Oregon or the I-5 corridor is no different at all than Kawleefornya. It would be fine with me if we woke up tomorrow and found a new coast line at the west side of the cascades.

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