(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE) — Though the case count in San Diego’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak increased again Monday, officials said that the number of new infections continues to slow.

In a presentation to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, showed a chart that indicated there were 31 cases in October, significantly fewer than the 81 reported in September and 94 in August which saw the largest total of the outbreak so far.

After seeing the chart, board chair Dianne Jacob had a to-the-point question.

“Is it getting better, the same or worse?” Jacob asked.

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