Typhus at ‘epidemic levels’ in some parts of Los Angeles area
| CNN — A rise in typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas, has hit Los Angeles, and public health officials are sounding the alarm.
57 cases of flea-borne typhus have been reported, the county Department of Public Health said.
The department announced that officials are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles, and they are working with the city to implement environmental safety measures to help reduce the spread of the disease.
Between July and September, the county identified nine cases of flea-borne typhus associated with downtown Los Angeles, and six of those cases were in people experiencing homelessness, according to the county. [Note: as per our recent report that there are no more “drug addicts” in America – only “persons with substance use disorder” – government agencies and legacy news sites have replaced the term homeless people with “people experiencing homelessness.” – Ed.]
“Although typhus normally occurs throughout LA County, we are observing several cases in the downtown Los Angeles area,” Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer, said in Thursday’s announcement.
“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,” he said.
One other city in the county — Pasadena — also reported epidemic levels of typhus fever.
“Typhus fever is a disease that can cause serious complications requiring lengthy hospitalization, and rarely, death,” Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena’s health officer, said.
“Since the disease is spread by fleas, it is possible that endemic typhus could be transmitted year-round.,” said Anne Rimoin, an associate professor of epidemiology at UCLA.
Nationwide, diseases transmitted through the bites of blood-feeding ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas have been a “growing public health problem,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A CDC report published in May found that reported cases of such vector-borne diseases more than tripled across the country between 2004 and 2016.
Though rare, plague was the most common flea-borne disease included in that data. READ MORE AT FOXNEWS8.
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