Fighting typhus

Santa Ana police animal services supervisor Sondra Berg, center, and other officers carry traps to be placed around Willard Intermediate School to capture feral cats that might have fleas infected with typhus. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times / May 29, 2012)

Los Angeles County public health officials say they have confirmed a case of endemic typhus fever in Manhattan  Beach, in the neighborhood around Polliwog Park, officials said in a statement Thursday.

Officials did not release any information about the patient’s identity or condition. It was also unclear whether this was a new case of typhus. In December, Manhattan Beach officials said county public health officials had contacted residents in the same neighborhood regarding a case of typhus and handed out brochures about how to take precautions against the disease.

Typhus is spread by bacteria-infected fleas, found on cats, opossums and rats. Infected people suffer from fever, headaches, chills and body aches. Though typhus often requires hospitalization, it is usually treatable with antibiotics.

 

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