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Selected Reportable Infectious Diseases

February 06, 1988

Diseases reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Health:

November November Year to Year to Date Date 1987 1986 1987 1986 Intestinal Infections Amebiasis 38 27 394 402 Campylobacteriosis 94 86 1,067 1,036 Giardiasis 136 173 1,303 1,473 Salmonellosis 180 156 1,675 1,419 Shigellosis 172 180 1,320 1,424 Childhood diseases Mumps 14 8 59 62 Measles 12 0 40 50 German measles 2 6 40 39 Whooping cough 2 0 47 33 Scarlet fever 25 21 365 326 Venereal diseases Gonorrhea 2,804 3,440 34,793 43,430 Penicillin-resistant gonorrhea 61 144 1,373 758 Syphilis, primary and secondary 361 228 3,817 2,246 Other infectious diseases Hepatitis A* 66 115 1,052 1,064 Hepatitis B** 39 74 833 1,097 Meningococcal infections 15 6 303 93 Tuberculosis 115 109 1,373 1,286

* Hepatitis A is spread by fecal-contaminated water or food or by contact with another infected person.

** Hepatitis B is spread by contaminated blood or unsterile needles.

Meningococcal infections can cause spinal meningitis and blood poisoning.

Source: L.A. County Department of Health Services Research: Tracy Thomas / Los Angeles Times

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