Acute Communicable
Disease Control

 

Contact Information
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
Email:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov

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Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The best prevention against hepatitis A is vaccination and soap and water hand hygiene. More information about hepatitis A is available here.

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Los Angeles County
On September 19, 2017, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A in Los Angeles County (LAC) because of recently identified locally-acquired cases (press release, 9/19/17). Outbreaks are currently ongoing in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties. The large majority of cases have occurred in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs (injection and non-injection), with several cases also occurring among people who provide services to the homeless.

DPH has further expanded its HAV vaccine recommendations during the outbreak. HAV vaccination is now recommended for persons who are homeless and/or who use illicit drugs and to persons who have frequent close contact with the homeless or drug-using populations. This includes those who handle or serve food or who provide personal care, janitorial, maintenance, or sanitation services to these populations. The DPH vaccination clinic schedule is posted HERE.

Suspect cases of HAV should be reported immediately by phone, while the patient is still at the clinical facility, in order to facilitate an on-site interview by a public health investigator and prophylaxis of contacts; phone 888-397-3993. After hours call: 213-974-1234.

 
 
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