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Public transportation: How clean are trolleys and buses in the midst of the Hepatitis A outbreak?

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego residents are afraid to ride the trolley as the county's Hepatitis A outbreak continues to spread. 

The fear is that infected people are touching trolley seats and poles and little is being done to sterilize public transportation downtown. 

San Diego residents are now focusing their attention on the county's public transportation as Hepatitis A continues to spread. Law firm Heys & Cox, LLP have collected numerous pictures of feces on downtown streets, sending the pictures to Mayor Kevin Falconer, urging him to take action. 

"MTS always cleans all of its buses and light rail vehicles every day. All surfaces are cleaned daily. At the recommendation of the County of San Diego, we are now using a cleaning solution with 10 percent bleach. Cleaning procedures have been reviewed with all cleaning crews. Everyone is being extra diligent in light of the Hep A outbreak," said Rob Schupp, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Metropolitan Transit System. 

According to Heys & Cox, people are defecating on downtown benches, walls and streets near grocery stores and public transportation stops, creating concerns the virus could be spread to people who live, work and shop in the area. 

Elevating concerns further, the Los Angeles Times published a story about San Diego residents and their fear of riding the trolley. 

"The fear in the air at the moment seems to be centered on the notion that shared surfaces and spaces might harbor malicious microbes, left by an infected person, that could transfer to the hands of the next individual to use that same handle or knob or buffet line utensil," the Times wrote.

Hepatitis A is spread by coming in contact with infected feces. The virus has hit the homeless population the hardest, as they use the streets for a restroom.

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