Infectious typhus, fueled by homeless, reaches epidemic levels in southern California

Typhus, or typhus fever is an infectious disease spread by fleas. Symptoms can include high fever, headache, chills, and body aches, rashes and in some rare cases, meningitis and even death.

KMI 640AM reports, Oct. 9, 2018, that health officials in Southern California are warning residents to be aware of a typhus outbreak that’s reached ‘epidemic’ levels in some areas.

University of Southern California Associate Professor of Medicine Neha Nanda says “what’s different this year is there’s this clustering of this disease in downtown L.A., so hence the concern of this being an epidemic.”

Long Beach has also seen a high number of infections with 12 cases so far in 2018.

Officially, the source of the outbreak is said to be from fleas found on pets and wild animals, but some health experts believe it’s being fueled by the homeless crisis.

A press release from the Pasadena Public Health Department says:

The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is reporting epidemic levels of typhus fever this year. Typhus fever is a disease spread to humans by infected fleas. In 2018, 20 Pasadena residents have been confirmed to have typhus fever, well above the expected one to five cases per year.

Flea-borne typhus, also known as murine or endemic typhus, is a disease carried by fleas infected with bacteria (Rickettsia typhi or Rickettsia felis)….

Locally, the primary animals known to carry infected fleas include feral cats and opossums. People with significant exposure to these animals are at risk of acquiring flea-borne typhus. Pet dogs and cats that are allowed outside are more likely to come in contact with infected fleas and could spread the disease to humans. Although pets and animals do not get sick from typhus, the disease can cause high fever, chills, headache and rash in people. Typhus can be treated with antibiotics.

“Typhus fever is a disease that can cause serious complications requiring lengthy hospitalization, and rarely, death,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena Health Officer. “All residents should to take steps to prevent fleas in and around the home.”

There are simple precautions to prevent the spread of typhus fever disease:

  • Maintain the yard free of debris and trim overgrown vegetation to prevent harborage of wild animals like feral cats and opossums
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors
  • Do not provide food or water for wild animals
  • Keep garbage containers tightly covered
  • Seal all openings and crawl spaces under the home
  • Routinely treat pet dogs and cats with flea control medication

Local healthcare providers are required to report any Pasadena residents with a suspected or confirmed typhus diagnosis within one working day to PPHD at (626) 744-6089 Monday to Friday 8 AM-5 PM, or (626) 744-6043 after hours. Diagnosis requires a high degree of clinical suspicion since flea-borne typhus typically presents as a non-specific febrile illness and early diagnostic tests are unreliable.

For more information on preventing typhus, visit the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District at https://www.sgvmosquito.org/flea-borne-typhus.

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Alma
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Alma

The best that could ever happen to California to cleanse herself of the scourge along with Moonbeam, Latrine Waters, and deceiving fickle Feinstein. Keep it there, no need to spread and contaminate.

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Don’t let that crisis go to waste! Big Pharma, get working on a vaccine! Oh, you have something already prepared?

DCG
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Good luck getting this under control if it’s spreading through the homeless. The bureaucrats can’t solve basic problems and this one will not be solved either…

Lophatt
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This isn’t new. I remember renewing certain certifications I held in San Diego and having the county Board of Health send people out with films to show us about this very thing. They had an impossible time controlling it because the illegals run when they see them coming. Because they run, they spread it even farther. There are several other diseases as well that are spread largely the same way. Tuberculosis is a big one too. These morons fail to understand that it isn’t about their “personal ideologies”. If they want to lie down with these particular “dogs” and get… Read more »

Charles H Slate
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Outbreaks and plagues of tuberculosis …
I seem to recall this happening somewhere else, somewhere in Europe, years ago. There was a government campaign of some sort to control the spread of the disease by sanitizing people’s clothing. It used made use of some stuff called Zyklon B.

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Andy
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Diatomaceous Earth is an off-white powder, and kills fleas within the home and also in yards. I used it for years, twice a year while I lived in California with my dog and 2 kitties. I never had fleas, neither did they.

wartsnall
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Now the armpit of America festering with disease.Who would have thought?

Anonymous
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Thanks, Democrats!!

Rodney
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Why can’t we all just try and get along? What’s wrong with people nowadays. Too much alcohol and drug use?

Steven Broiles
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This disease is spread by fleas, and that means only one thing: THE BUBONIC PLAGUE may yet make a comeback.
But how did the fleas get it? From people who inhabited those areas where typhus dwells, i.e., in FOREIGN LANDS.

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Diseases in concentration camps https://prezi.com/edgibifnmnps/diseases-in-concentration-camps/ What types of diseases were in concentration camps and how did they affect people? Diseases included typhus, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and dysentery. Typhus is a disease spread by lice or fleas. Death may have occurred to 10-60% of people who had the illness. The percentage of death was much higher due to lack of hygiene, cures, and bad conditions. Typhoid fever is a disease spread through dirty water supply. It is a type of fever that is very hard to get rid of. The fatality rate of Typhoid fever was 20%. Tuberculosis is a disease… Read more »

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My first thought at seeing the header for this post? This crap is coming in with all the illegals and refugees.

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I am sure one of the biggest enemies of mankind is Mexican government. If the world destroys them, there will be much less evil in the world. They send drugs to the world to poison people. They support open borders to facilitate the invasion of Muslims and Mexico to the whole world. Mexicans were the teachers that showed Muslims how to take over countries that are more powerful. Muslims dont have nucclear power but they are taking Europe using the Mexican strategy, which is to lie and say that they enter a country to help and only to have a… Read more »