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

Call 211 For Information 24/7

Have questions about things like where to go for vaccinations or other health care services?

Call 2-1-1.

Adobe Reader

Note: PDF documents on this site were created using Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or later. If you are using an earlier version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (4.x or less), document functionality may be reduced.
Acute Communicable Disease Control


    If you suspect that a patient is suffering with botulism, immediately call Acute Communicable Disease Control to assist with diagnosis and implementation of therapy.

    (213) 240-7941 (7:30AM-5:00PM, Mon-Fri)
    (213) 974-1234 (After Hours, Emergency Operator)

    Infant botulism is managed by the California Department of Public Health; contact Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program (IBTPP) on-call physician at (510) 231-7600.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are three main kinds of botulism. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. Wound botulism is caused by toxin produced from a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum.

Infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin; it is correctly called intestinal botulism, and rarely may also occur in older children and adults. Botulism toxin is also a potential bioterrorism agent that theoretically could be released in food or drink, or as an airborne agent. All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism can be especially dangerous because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food.

Additional Resources for Healthcare Providers
Additional Resources for the General Public
Home  |
Public Health
LA County
  Careers  |   DPH Programs  |   Email: Webmaster  | Notice of Privacy Practices | 
  Website Privacy Policy  |   Language  |   Accessibility  |   Disclaimer |   Employee  |
Admin Use
Outlook 2013 E-mail
Outlook E-mail
DPH Intranet (At Work)
Los Angeles County Seal: Enriching lives through effective and caring services