Health Officials Confirm Second Typhus Case In OC This Year

SANTA ANA (CBS) — Health officials Wednesday confirmed a second case of typhus this year in Orange County.

A child living in Santa Ana was diagnosed in April, officials said. The diagnosis prompted authorities to trap flea-carrying feral cats, which transfer the potentially deadly disease through bites.

An adult living in Orange was previously diagnosed in January.

Both individuals have fully recovered, health officials said.

There were 15 reported cases in 2011.

Symptoms of typhus include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches 6 -14 days after contact with an infected flea. A rash that starts several days after the initial symptoms is also common.

Nausea, vomiting or cough may also be present.

Most illnesses are mild.

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