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
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
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
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
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.
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.