Hepatitis A – Outbreak in Los Angeles County
Webinar on Demand with Q&A. Click here to view.
Original release date: October 27, 2017. Review date: October 27, 2018. Termination date: October 27, 2020.
The webinar has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)
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Visit Los Angeles County DPH’s Acute Communicable Diseases Control Program hepatitis A page more information on hepatitis A. Visit the outbreak page for the most current information about the outbreak in Los Angeles County.
For other webinars and Rx for Prevention articles with CME from the Department of Public Health, visit the DPH CME page.
There are currently several outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among the homeless and illicit drug using populations in California, including in Los Angeles County. In addition, there are an increased number of cases of HAV occurring among men who have sex with men in LA County and elsewhere. This webinar is designed to inform the medical community about current issues around diagnosis, management, prevention and control of hepatitis A in LA County. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
This activity is applicable for physicians working in internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and urgent care. Other groups who are encouraged to participate include nurses, epidemiologists, public health investigators, health educators, and community health workers.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the clinical presentation and natural history of hepatitis A.
- Interpret serological test results for hepatitis A.
- List what populations require immediate reporting to the Health Department if hepatitis A is suspected.
- List hepatitis A outbreak vaccine priority groups.
Sharon Balter, MD
Dr. Sharon Balter is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Program where she is responsible for the control of the majority of reportable infectious diseases, including Hepatitis A.
Dr. Balter obtained her Doctor of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the Respiratory Disease Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and worked for two years at the National Immunization Program.
Dr. Balter was previously the Director of the Enteric, Waterborne and Health Education Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where, among her many roles, she led surveillance and response for multiple hepatitis investigations and response.
Seira Kurian, MD, MPH
Dr. Kurian is trained in Pediatrics and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She has previously worked in an academic setting holding dual faculty appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by dual appointments in Pediatrics and Population Health at the City of Hope. A desire to work in public health brought Dr. Kurian to the LA County Department of Public Health in 2008. She joined the Division of Community Health Services as a Physician Specialist in SPA 1 and 2, working in both the Tuberculosis and STD clinics in Pacoima, North Hollywood and Lancaster. She went on to serve as the Area Medical Director for SPA 1 and 2 and in April of 2016 she became the Director of the Division of Medical and Dental Affairs.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates this webinar for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses receive a Certificate of attendance. This webinar is designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.
No one involved in the planning, creation or presentation of this activity disclosed any relevant financial relationships.
This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.
For further information, please visit the DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control Program hepatitis A webpage
If you have questions, please contact the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-240-7941.