SELECTED REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Diseases reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Health:

Year to Year to July July Date Date 1988 1987 1988 1987 Intestinal Infections Amebiasis 23 35 198 259 Campylobacteriosis 79 91 535 637 Giardiasis 94 95 634 802 Salmonellosis 95 151 841 1,005 Shigellosis 200 105 830 625 Childhood diseases Mumps 8 8 79 39 Measles 27 0 160 15 German measles 0 12 15 32 Whooping cough 8 2 36 29 Scarlet fever 26 28 393 297 Venereal diseases Gonorrhea 1,823 3,034 15,629 23,244 Penicillin-resistant gonorrhea 192 159 689 1,014 Syphilis, primary and secondary 256 478 2,030 2,422 Other infectious diseases Hepatitis A* 82 91 656 708 Hepatitis B** 51 77 416 619 Meningococcal infections*** 9 25 187 240 Tuberculosis 125 124 868 930

Diseases may have been diagnosed prior to month reported.

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

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

*** 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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