Los Angeles is dealing with an outbreak of flea-borne disease
Los Angeles is dealing with an outbreak of flea-borne diseases like typhus. Government officials in Los Angeles are considering ripping out carpets in city buildings amid a typhus outbreak that has infected workers.
The disease is typically caused by infected fleas and their feces. It can also be spread by rats, cats and opossums, according to health officials. Downtown Los Angeles has been battling an outbreak since October that was linked to homeless street encampments, officials said.
Los Angeles station KABC reports that the problem has become so severe that officials are now looking at plans from City Council President Herb Wesson to remove all carpets in City Hall and City Hall East, as well as assess live plants and implement a policy that would require employees to keep food off site.
City attorney Elizabeth Greenwood told local station KCAL9 she contracted typhus in November and said “I thought I was going to die.”
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