LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Health officials Monday warned Long Beach residents about typhus, which is a bacterial disease transmitted by fleas and ticks.
Authorities said wild cats and rodents in the city might have fleas that carry the disease.
Long Beach has 11 reported cases of the disease this year, which causes flu-like symptoms and a rash.
It’s easily cured, but it can be deadly if it’s not treated.
Officials urged residents with pets to check them for fleas.
Also, people must get rid of all food and water sources, including open trash cans and bird feeders.