Acute Communicable
Disease Control


Contact Information
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856

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Acute Communicable Disease Control

Mission Statement

Los Angeles County residents are free of preventable infectious disease (excluding TB, STD, and HIV/AIDS); Public Health is prepared to meet the challenge of emerging diseases.

Vision Statement

To prevent and control infectious disease (excluding TB, STD, and HIV/AIDS) in Los Angeles County by implementing tools for surveillance, outbreak response, education, and preparedness activities.

ACDC Strategic Plan 2014

ACDC Focus Areas

About ACDC

ACDC's mission is to reduce the incidence of communicable disease (other than TB, STDs, and HIV/AIDS) in Los Angeles County through prevention, surveillance, and outbreak control. The ongoing goals of ACDC include the following:

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control

  • conduct surveillance for over 60 diseases and disease syndromes
  • investigate disease outbreaks and recommend control measures
  • conduct special studies and projects
  • produce annual reports, special analyses, and procedure manuals

Communicable Disease Policy and Coordination

  • set policy and make procedure recommendations for Department activities related to infectious and communicable diseases
  • interpret and enforce state and federal laws and regulations
  • interface with other local (cities, universities), state, national, and federal agencies, and programs concerned with public health (see Links), and participate in national forums.

Communicable Disease-Related Training

  • serve as a consultant to the medical community on issues of communicable and infectious diseases
  • provide professional education to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
  • train medical doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), and preventive medicine residents from UCLA, California Department of Health Services training programs, health care professionals, and others

Public Education

  • proactively educate and address concerns and inquiries of the news media on communicable disease


  • apply for additional funding from outside agencies in order to support mission
Control of communicable disease can only occur through collaboration. ACDC serves as the lead unit for surveillance and investigation of certain suspected and confirmed communicable (CD) cases and disease syndromes. ACDC examines the population distribution of disease, specifically in relation to seasonality, geographic occurrence and demographic factors. ACDC also sets policy and provides guidance and assistance to field staff who handle the bulk of case investigations. This field staff includes area health officers, public health nurses, registrars, and investigators based in 24 districts and eight service planning areas (SPAs) throughout Los Angeles County.

California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 2500, et seq., mandates healthcare providers and others to report diseases or conditions to their local health departments.

Dedicated professional staff: (1) provide expert consultation and policy recommendations on communicable disease control, and (2) offer in-service training for healthcare professionals and selected community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

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ACDC Brochure

County of Los Angeles
Reportable Diseases
(Revised: July 6, 2018)
2016 Annual Report and Special Studies
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