Steps taken to prevent spread of hepatitis at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO —  Officials at Petco Park are taking action to prevent hepatitis A from spreading at public events at the venue.

Petco officials told FOX 5 that the Tailgate and Lexus parking lots and all areas around the perimeter of the ballpark have been washed with bleach. Additionally surface disinfectants are being used in the park, including on turnstiles, barricades and the Tot Lot.

Employees of the park and partnering organizations (DNC, Aramark and Elite) who work at Petco have all been offered hepatitis vaccinations.

Danny Sanchez with the Padres told FOX 5 the measures are strictly preventative and are being taken out of an abundance of caution as there are no known individuals at Petco Park who have contracted the virus.

Because of  the quick spread of hepatitis A,  city officials have added washing stations and more restroom facilities. A total of 22 restrooms are now in the downtown area where homeless people — the hardest hit population — tend to gather.

Several new restrooms were installed Monday in a downtown area park in the latest effort by city officials to help combat the hepatitis A outbreak.

The four portable restrooms placed at Tailgate Park at 14th and L streets will be disinfected at least twice a day and will be monitored with full-time security, city officials said.

“We hope these restrooms are well used to help prevent the spread of hepatitis A,” said Jonathan Herrera, the city’s senior policy adviser on homelessness coordination. “We will continue to monitor the restrooms and ensure they remain operational.”

The city has taken other steps to fight the liver disease, including free vaccinations throughout the city. So far, more than 28,000 San Diego have received shots. Other efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic have included bleaching and power-washing streets and sidewalks.

The effort to add public restrooms throughout the downtown area is in response to what has been described as the largest outbreak of the virus in decades. Infections have killed 16 people and as many as 444 have been sickened in San Diego County.