LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday.

Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans. While the fleas can come from cats, rats, and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus.

In people, however, typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache, and rash. It is not transmitted from person to person and can be treated with antibiotics.

“Although typhus normally occurs throughout L.A. County, we are observing several cases in the downtown Los Angeles area,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis said in a statement. “We encourage pet owners to practice safe flea control and encourage all cities in the county to ensure maintenance of their trash clean-up and rodent control activities.”

Typhus can spread in areas where there is an accumulation of trash that attracts wild animals like feral cats, rats and opossums.

To help prevent typhus, the department recommended that residents:
— Practice safe flea control.
— Use flea control products on pets.
— When outside, wear pants tucked into socks or boots when outside. Spray insect repellent with DEET on socks and pant cuffs.
— Avoid being near wild or stray animals.
— Never feed or touch wild animals, especially opossums, rats and stray or feral cats.
— Store trash in cans with secure lids to avoid attracting animals.
— Clear areas where rats and stray animals sleep, hide or find food, such as crawl spaces, attics or under decks, and wear gloves and a mask when clearing these areas.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Comments (130)
  1. wimvincken says:

    With the corruption and decay going on there in such cities of the left, it’s only to be expected such things to be popping up and for sure it gets worse.

  2. On the bright side, at least LA has that whole straw and plastic bag thing nailed down tight.

  3. Elena George says:

    Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas. Lay down with Dems, get up with typhus.

  4. Al Zabel says:

    I wonder how long it will take, to spread to Hollywood and Beverly Hills? Can’t wait.
    Perhaps, instead of taking in illegals? They should take in the homeless.

  5. Plarp Zootie says:

    Second world America is having third world problems.

  6. Lynn Wood says:

    This is of great concern. Typhus destroyed the Imperial Russian Armies in the First World War and resulted in untold misery for millions because the men of prime age were not present to work the land.
    Typhus killed millions in war torn China in the Second World War.

    This is a damning verdict of how low we have fallen. But there is hope, Silicon Valley is no doubt working on an app so you can tell if a flea is infected, and the debate about the bounds of government intrusion into our freedom of choice to be infected or not, or as to why those not infected should have to pay, and whether this should be an allowed charge for medical insurance purposes, surely is resolving into a resolution of determined action implementation depicted in bullet point format.

  7. You lay down with dogs (accept the drug using homeless), you will get up with fleas, diseases, and typhus.

  8. magic1114 says:

    Messyco’s way of thanking L.A. for taking in the people they don’t want…

  9. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  10. Robert Manning says:

    Get ready for a huge Earthquake
    This was previously recorded before a huge Earthquake before
    The vibrations in the ground are bringing these critters to the surface.
    You should see more rats before long.
    Get ready California..the big one is coming

  11. Epidemic Typhus is spread by body lice according to Wikipedia. So treating your pets for fleas won’t protect you.

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