San Diego’s recent Hepatitis A epidemic was mishandled by public health officials, according to a newly minted country grand jury report. It charges San Diego County’s Public Health Officer was slow to declare a public health emergency and the command structure during the outbreak was lacking.

The 20-page report also speculates on the possibility that San Diego’s November 2016 ban on single-use plastic grocery bags might have sparked the outbreak because the action “deprived the homeless of an efficient and relatively sanitary method for containing and disposing of fecal matter.”

The report by the San Diego County Grand Jury does
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