Health of­fi­cials say a deadly Cal­i­for­nia out­break of hep­ati­tis A may take a year or more to abate.

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The liver-dam­ag­ing ill­ness has in­fected at least 568 peo­ple since Novem­ber 2016, mostly in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los An­ge­les coun­ties. Most cases and all 17 deaths oc­curred in San Diego County. Ex­perts be­lieve the highly con­ta­gious dis­ease was spread by tran­sients there to home­less pop­u­la­tions around the state. Al­though vac­ci­na­tion pro­grams and other mea­sures are un­der­way, ex­perts say it’s un­likely the worst is over. Ex­perts at the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion says it’s not un­usual for such out­breaks to last one to two years.

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