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San Diego plans tents for homeless amid hepatitis A outbreak

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego's mayor has announced a plan to erect three commercial-grade tents to house hundreds of homeless people in the face of a deadly hepatitis A epidemic.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that the city needs to shelter people living in the streets as soon as possible so they can have clean restrooms and washing stations.

The city is working with three nonprofit agencies that will open the tents starting as soon as December.

San Diego County officials earlier this month declared a public health emergency because of the liver disease outbreak that has killed 16 people and hospitalized 300 more since November.

The homeless population has been hit the hardest.

The city is giving free vaccinations, installing hand-washing stations and power-washing streets. The virus lives in human feces.