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
Have questions about things like where to go for vaccinations or
other health care
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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
Hepatitis A Outbreak in Los Angeles
On September 19, 2017, The Los Angeles County Department of Public
declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A in Los Angeles
County (LAC) because of recently identified locally-acquired cases (press
Outbreaks are currently
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
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.