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SELECTED REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Diseases reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Health:

Year to Year to February February Date Date 1988 1987 1988 1987 Intestinal Infections Amebiasis 33 29 53 63 Campylobacteriosis 79 86 138 159 Giardiasis 72 138 129 242 Salmonellosis 111 153 224 288 Shigellosis 106 122 195 215 Childhood diseases Mumps 8 1 23 5 Measles 10 0 43 0 German measles 1 2 2 2 Whooping cough 3 1 13 10 Scarlet fever 62 43 97 66 Venereal diseases Gonorrhea 1,904 4,424 4,011 6,789 Penicillin-resistant gonorrhea 51 144 95 300 Syphilis, primary and secondary 341 333 680 612 Other infectious diseases Hepatitis A* 106 119 191 215 Hepatitis B** 52 102 120 180 Meningococcal infections*** 55 30 91 92 Tuberculosis 64 167 181 280

Diseases may have been diagnosed prior to month reported.

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

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** 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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