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The CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program is working with multiple state and local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate cases of Serratia marcescens bloodstream infection in patients with central venous catheters or implantable medical ports. The investigation …

Key Messages There have been no new cases of hepatitis A (HAV) infection in Los Angeles County in 2018 among outbreak-associated populations (persons who are homeless or using illicit drugs) nor among men who have sex with men (MSM). There are multiple ongoing HAV outbreaks in California among persons experiencing …

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is facilitating Health Agency efforts to establish a Center for Health Equity. The Center’s mission is to ensure all individuals have access to the opportunities and resources needed for optimal health and well-being by advancing racial, social and environmental justice in partnership with committed …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announces a series of events to promote community efforts to confront health inequities and share resources during 2018 National Public Heath Week. Throughout the week, events will be held to highlight specific partnership initiatives that bring together residents, community organizations, …

LA County is gearing up for National Public Health Week, April 2nd to 6th! This year’s theme, “Changing Our Future Together,” recognizes the importance of building partnerships — across county departments, academic institutions, community partners and residents – to ensure that all County residents have the opportunities and resources needed …

Antimicrobial resistance (AR) is a global concern that presents a growing public health challenge. In order to help promote antimicrobial stewardship and reduce AR, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has created the first LA County regional antibiogram. The Regional Antibiogram Antibiograms, defined as a summary of antimicrobial susceptibility …

Assemblymember and emergency physician Joaquin Arambula, M.D. (D-Fresno), has introduced a bill (AB 2384) that would remove some of the largest barriers to Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid addiction, such as prior authorization requirements and coverage limits. “As an emergency physician, I saw the impact that opioid abuse has on …

The United States continues to struggle with an epidemic of firearm violence. In 2015, there were 34,997 deaths in the U.S. caused by firearms, with firearm-related suicide deaths outnumbering firearm-related homicides by a large margin. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2015, and firearms accounted for almost …

California health officials confirmed this previous Friday that 36 Californians under the age of 65 has died due to the flu in the 1st week of February –more than in any other week this season. The flu continues to be a nationwide problem and is considered to be the worst in …

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk for certain health conditions. Over the past fourteen months, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) has notified clinicians about a variety of outbreaks that have disproportionately impacted MSM. This article summarizes six steps providers can take …