San Diego to open camp for homeless after hepatitis outbreak

SAN DIEGO (AP) The city of San Diego is opening an encampment for the homeless.

The move announced Wednesday is meant to address both the city's homeless problem overall and a recent outbreak of hepatitis A that has hit the homeless especially hard.

The camp, in a public works yard near Balboa Park, will be equipped with tents, showers, restrooms, food security and social services.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says it's a temporary solution while the city builds a larger, more durable area featuring large industrial tents later this year.

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The camp is scheduled to open on Monday.

San Diego County is battling an epidemic of hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease that has killed 17 people and infected 461 people, including more than 300 who had to be hospitalized.