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Promoting Health Through Prevention in Los Angeles County

 Volume 8, Number 6    November-December 2018
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Diagnosis and Management of Influenza

Health care providers need to be prepared for the possibility of another severe influenza season in Los Angeles County this winter. This article reviews key points about influenza diagnosis, management, and reporting  READ MORE


Taking Action on Climate Change: Steps for Health Care Providers

There are many opportunities for clinicians to use their expert knowledge and professional influence to slow climate change and protect their patients’ health. This article discusses how the health care sector contributes to climate change and suggests steps that clinicians can take on a clinical, institutional, policy, and personal level to slow climate change. READ MORE



From the Los Angeles Health Alert Network (LAHAN)

  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): Suspected cases of AFM have increased nationally and are being monitored in California. LAHAN
  • Typhus Outbreaks: Outbreaks of endemic flea-borne typhus have been identified in downtown LA and the Willowbrook area of South LA, with clusters expected throughout LA County. LAHAN
  • Saint Louis Encephalitis (SLE): The first human case of SLE in LA County since 1997 has been reported. LAHAN

Other Updates

  • Employment: Associate Medical Director of Prevention Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control. View this and other positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • Webinar: “How to Talk About Vaccines.”  November 27, 2018, noon. Paul Offit, MD, FAAP, will discuss communication strategies and answer difficult vaccine questions commonly asked in clinical and community settings. Registration


Resources For Providers and Patients

Updated LA Quits tobacco cessation website, which includes information on vaping and marijuana. New patient education materials: flea-born typhus, “cover your cough,” and handwashing. New Substance Abuse Service Helpline brochure. VIEW LIST



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Latest LAHAN Health Alert
May 7 Notification: Candida auris Detected in Southern California Healthcare Facilities
April 26 Notification: Measles Prevention in LA County
April 22 Notification: Measles Outbreak in LA County
April 3 Notification: Measles Clinical Guidance: Identification and Testing of Suspect Measles Cases
February 21 Notification: Hepatitis C Associated with Outpatient Clinic in Los Angeles
February 19 Notification: Increase in Clusters of Pertussis in 11 to 18-Year-Olds in LA County
February 15 Notification: Ongoing Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
January 23 Notification: Third Case of Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51 Brucella from Consuming Raw Milk

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Rx for Prevention, 2018

Published: November 13, 2018


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