LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Health officials Monday warned Long Beach residents about typhus, which is a bacterial disease transmitted by fleas and ticks.

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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.

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It’s easily cured, but it can be deadly if it’s not treated.

Officials urged residents with pets to check them for fleas.

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Also, people must get rid of all food and water sources, including open trash cans and bird feeders.