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Key MessagesThere has been an increase in clusters of pertussis cases among 11 to 18-year-olds across Los Angeles County. Health care providers should consider pertussis even in vaccinated persons with minimal to mild symptoms.Pertussis is highly contagious. Treated cases remain communicable through the 5th day of appropriate antibiotic treatment. Patients …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory last week regarding Brucella RB51 exposures from consuming raw milk. The CDC reports on three confirmed cases of brucellosis from Brucella RB51 as well as exposures in 19 states, including California. Summary The New York State Department of …

This message is intended for orthopedic surgeons; pain management, infectious disease, primary care, emergency medicine, and urgent care providers; and health care personnel who provide injections using stem cell products. Please distribute as appropriate. Key Messages The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) has identified 2 cases …

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that influenza activity is widespread and increasing throughout California.  Influenza has already claimed the lives of two children so far this season (Stanislaus andRiverside Counties). These tragedies serve as a reminder that influenza can be deadly. Last year, 8 in 10 children who died from flu complications …

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on: 1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-epoxide cycle antagonist, brodifacoum; 2) the emergence of 2 new clinical scenarios; and 3) recommendations to help clinicians …

Read the full article on the Rx for Prevention website  Health care providers have two important roles in responding to climate change: taking actions to mitigate climate change and addressing its impact on patients. This article, the second in a two-part series, will discuss how the health care sector contributes …

This message is intended for infectious disease, primary care, emergency medicine, urgent care, emergency medical services, and health care personnel who provide services to persons experiencing homelessness and/or who use illicit drugs. Please distribute as appropriate. Key Messages The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) has identified …

You’re Invited! Provider Webinar on Public Charge Learn how proposed changes to the Public Charge rule may impact your patients Friday, December 7, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm To join the webinar: Register here: lacare.org/providerwebinar Webinar URL: http://bit.ly/lacare Webinar call-in: (800) 260-0702 Access code: 457989# Get answers to these …

This message is intended for primary care, urgent care, emergency, pediatric, internal medicine, infectious disease, and laboratory providers. Please distribute as appropriate. Key Messages There is an ongoing outbreak of measles in Israel and New York City as well as several surrounding communities in New York and New Jersey. Consider …

The following article was modified from the original. To see the full article, including citations, view it here in the November/December 2018 issue of  Rx for Prevention, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s online publication for practicing in LA County. Winter is coming and influenza season is upon us. Los …