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

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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

Outbreak Summary: 2017 Special Report

LAC DPH Health Advisory: New Cases of Hepatitis A Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness and/or Using Illicit Drugs  (11-30-18)

In response to the outbreak, free hepatitis A vaccinations are available from county health centers for people who are homeless, active drug users, and those who provide services to the homeless.
Clinic days, times, and locations are posted here.

n 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). 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.

In addition, LAC DPH announced an increase in cases of hepatitis A among men who have sex with men (MSM) on November 2, 2017. The increase in cases is consistent with other worldwide outbreaks nationally and internationally.  HEALTH ALERT

LAC DPH Health Update: Need for Continued Vigilance for Hepatitis A infection and Vaccination for High Risk Groups (3-15-18)

Additional outbreak information is available 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.

News and Updates 2017-2018
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