Infectious Diseases

Dear Doctors: I heard about a polio outbreak in Nigeria. Might there be an outbreak here in the U.S.?   Polio is a crippling, and sometimes fatal, infectious disease that was once common in the United States. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • April 16, 2018
Dear Doctors: My daughter had the chicken pox vaccine as a child, so never had chicken pox. She’s now an adult. Should she get a booster? That’s an excellent question. The chicken pox (Varicella) vaccination has been widely used in the [...]
By Ask the Doctors • April 14, 2018
Dear Doctors: We live on a lake in Minnesota where mosquitos are a way of life. Now that Zika has come to the United States, are we at risk? The spread of the Zika virus to the [...]
By Ask the Doctors • April 9, 2018
I needed an infectious disease doctor, and fast, because a lung infection was taking over my life. It was just random that Dr. Ruihong Luo could see me within a few days at the Encino office. That was the best stroke of luck I [...]
By MaryLou • April 2, 2018
The number of hepatitis A cases in California just keeps growing. Some 633 cases have been detected as of Oct. 27, with 416 hospitalizations and 21 deaths linked to the outbreak, according to the California Department of Public Health. It is the largest person-to-person hepatitis A [...]
By Enrique Rivero • November 7, 2017
Feeling squeamish about getting your annual flu shot? We asked an expert for some advice in making the uncomfortable experience a little bit easier. Nurse Janet Li-Tall has given thousands of flu shots in her 11 years working at the Occupational Health department of UCLA [...]
By Amy Albin • October 20, 2017
With flu season behind us – or ahead of us, depending on your perspective – the possibility of contracting the disease is currently low. For people [...]
By Tami Dennis • July 5, 2017
Fourteen months after the Zika virus [...]
By Tiare Dunlap • May 5, 2017
Flu season is underway and there’s still time to get your shot. While it’s recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible, flu season tends to peak in January or later, depending on which part of the country you are living or traveling in, and it takes about two [...]
By Enrique Rivero • November 4, 2016
In response to a recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, UCLA Health has launched an initiative to screen baby boomers for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Approximately three-fourths of people in the United States living with HCV infection were born between the baby-boom years of 1945 and [...]
By uclahealth • July 27, 2016