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  • Hepatitis

    LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless

    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

    Susan Abram
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  • Hepatitis

    LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak

    LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz. “We are in the situation of a hepatitis A outbreak ... as of this morning,” Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. Most cases to date have been identified in patients who are homeless or drug users, but include...

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  • Health

    Healthcare: Uninsured rate in US falls to record low of 8.8%

    Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been 9.1 percent in 2015. Both the overall number of uninsured and the percentage are record lows. The uninsured rate...

    By Phil Galewitz California Healthline|

  • Food safety

    Cockroaches force temporary closures at 2 Diamond Bar restaurants

    Two restaurants in Diamond Bar were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections,...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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