SFO Passengers Exposed To Hepatitis A

Matt Bigler
October 08, 2019 - 1:58 pm
SFO International Terminal

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Passengers on a flight out of SFO may were recently exposed to Hepatitis A carried by a flight attendant, according to health officials. 

The passengers on the Sept. 21 American Airlines Flight from San Francisco International to Charlotte, North Carolina may have come in contact with a flight attendant who was later diagnosed with Hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection.

Rachael Kagan, spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Public Health saud they were able to contact all 18 of the passengers who live in the city. 

“We were very pleased to learn that people were already immune or were going to get a vaccine from a private provider,” she said. “Or, in the case of five passengers, they came into our Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic here at the health department for the vaccine.”

She says it's a great example of the public health system working the way it should to protect individuals and the community.  

American Airlines said in a statement it is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials to coordinate on any required health and safety measures.