SELECTED REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Diseases reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Health:

December December Year to Year to Date Date 1987 1986 1987 1986 Intestinal Infections Amebiasis 27 50 421 452 Campylobacteriosis 118 132 1,185 1,168 Giardiasis 137 168 1,440 1,641 Salmonellosis 181 169 1,856 1,588 Shigellosis 134 174 1,454 1,598 Childhood diseases Mumps 6 5 65 67 Measles 0 1 40 51 German measles 0 1 40 40 Whooping cough 0 3 47 36 Scarlet fever 28 36 393 362 Venereal diseases Gonorrhea 3,630 9,856 38,423 53,286 Penicillin-resistant gonorrhea 91 184 1,464 942 Syphilis, primary and secondary 400 444 4,217 2,690 Other infectious diseases Hepatitis A* 70 139 1,122 1,203 Hepatitis B** 50 105 883 1,202 Meningococcal infections*** 20 5 323 98 Tuberculosis 92 120 1,465 1,406

* 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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