LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – The typhus outbreak in Southern California has spread to a third city, and pet owners there have been surprised to hear of the uptick in the flea-borne disease.

At Uptown Dog Park in Long Beach, dog owners were shocked to hear about the outbreak in their area.

“Sounds crazy. I’ve never heard of it,” Isael Torres said.

Long Beach has joined other major cities that have seen an increase of typhus cases this year.

Health officials said there have been nine cases in Downtown Los Angeles, 12 in Long Beach, 20 in Pasadena and 59 in Los Angeles County.

Authorities said flea-borne typhus only makes humans sick, not animals. Feral rats, possums and cats can carry the disease.

“I’ve seen raccoons, possums, and yeah, cats, and they’re all just out and about,” said pet owner Gary O’Callaghan.

A flea on one of those stray animals can jump on pets and then be transferred onto humans.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, rash, vomiting and muscle pain.

To prevent typhus, health officials recommend:

  • Make sure cats and dogs are free of fleas
  • Don’t leave food outdoors
  • Don’t feed wild animals
  • Avoid debris and overgrown vegetation that may attract wild animals
  • Store trash in cans with secure lids
  • Use insect repel repellent
Comments (29)
  1. It started with Illegal chihuahuas.

  2. Yeah, welcome Illegals, bring in those diseases. We can’t do a medical check, so run rampant, you animals!

  3. Lisa P says:


  4. Mark Robert Holcomb says:

    Agreed with build the wall and deportations, too. Infiltrators have no right to be here! However , these Heman and Sarah types must be held to account, too. If you allow your kids only one shower a week to save money for vices like coffee, tobacco, pornography, etc; but your kids need taken away and you need put in a work camp, too! Pet owner tip: ADAMS Flea and Tick Plus. I have personally see this product used on infant kittens at a West Virginia Animal Hospital, too. This product is both cat and safe, too. Most pet shops and farm stores sell it OTC[without prescription]
    , too.

  5. John Oakman says:

    Aaaaaaah Diversity.

  6. Sandra McIntyre says:

    This problem has nothing to do with immigration, and fleas have no interest nor fear of a wall.

  7. Tony Ascaso says:

    The public health office that released this should be fired. The homeless population that the left has allowed to remain on the streets and the dogs and cats that they have around them are the vector for the fleas that carry the typhus.

  8. Saw this on Drudge, and on http://www.PressCalifornia.com, which has more real California news.

  9. Failing mayors build a 3rd world, they will come.

  10. Richard Zoppo says:

    Ban all pesticides and let the plagues kill all the liberals. Poe tic justice and mediation of climate change through depopulation at the same time. A Twofer.

  11. Patrick Kiernan says:

    California liberals’ proverbial Chickens are coming home to roost — or in this case nest. God I can’t wait for the 3 West Coast States to secede.

  12. Rebecca Graf says:

    Zyklon B might work.

  13. Jonathan Miller says:

    Right you are. But it only kills the human vermin.

  14. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  15. Tommy Scoro says:

    Another 3rd world accomplishment for democrats running the cities.

  16. Jimmy Smuldour says:

    Well…. thats the gangster thug life paradise yo. Dirty and fail of a society. Unclean. At least they can pick fleas off of each other and their thug gangster pit bulls. Gangster rap chanting lyrics on how they like nobody, definitely they dont like you or any of you either. So much hate speech in gangster rap, the people who listen to eat forget basic hygiene and intelligence. Enjoy your drugs!

  17. First they were fleeing LA, now they’re fleaing LA. Don’t come here with your baggage.

  18. Aint typhus just peachy keeno! Just keep those southern borders open California and the sanctuary cities funded morons. Theres more $hithole country diseases headed your way if you do. Enjoy!

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