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San Diego opens giant tent to contain hepatitis outbreak

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By JULIE WATSON
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego has opened the first of three industrial-sized tents to house the homeless as part of the city's efforts to contain a hepatitis A outbreak stemming from the deplorable conditions people were living in on the streets.

About 20 people made their way to a bunk bed Friday in the tent that will house 350 single men and women.

Two other giant tents will open later this month - one for families and one for veterans.

The tents will house a total of 700 people.

The city turned to tents to get people off the streets and contain a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 20 people in the past year. The virus lives in feces.

More than 3,000 people have been living on the streets in the city.

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