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Health officials say the incubation period ranges from 15 to 50 days, and symptoms include fever, malaise, dark urine, anorexia, nausea and abdominal discomfort, followed by jaundice.
In addition to vaccination and thorough hand washing, medical experts said people should avoid sex with anyone who has hepatitis A, and not share food, drinks, cigarettes, towels, toothbrushes or eating utensils.
The city has resorted to bleaching its streets and extending public restroom hours in efforts to get the outbreak under control.
It also installed 42 hand-washing stations and gave out free vaccinations.
Most of those infected in the outbreaks have been homeless or using illicit drugs.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can have both minor and severe symptoms for the person infected.
With an increase in this population and their susceptibility to getting hepatitis A, health officials in LA are working fast to stop the spread as quickly as they can.
LA has the second largest homeless population in the US and they are the most at risk to get the disease The two locally acquired cases in LA County are the most recent infections out of ten cases causing health officials to worry.
'We've met the definition for an outbreak,' department Director Barbara Ferrer told the board on Tuesday.
The homeless are considered at high risk for infection because of poor sanitation.
The latest annual tally found nearly 59,000 homeless people in the nation's most populous county.
'As of this morning we've confirmed that we have two community acquired cases.' Of the other cases, four had been in San Diego and one had been in Santa Cruz during their exposure period.