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
required to report hepatitis A cases to the Department
of Public Health (Public Health) To help stop the
spread of hepatitis A, especially among vulnerable
populations such as the homeless and illicit drug users,
physicians are urged to report cases to Public Health.
In the current outbreaks, hepatitis A is primarily being transmitted
person-to-person through close contact or through contact with a
To prevent an outbreak in Los Angeles County, the hepatitis A
vaccine is recommended for people who are homeless and/or
who use illicit drugs.
Public Health has further expanded its hepatitis A vaccine
recommendations during the outbreak. Hepatitis A 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 for these populations.
Timely identification and reporting of confirmed and suspect hepatitis A cases is critical for an effective public health response and to guide outbreak prevention strategies.
Suspect cases of hepatitis A 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.