The health officials of Los Angeles have reported on Friday that the outbreak of typhus in Los Angeles County has reached “epidemic levels” in the heart of Pasadena.
Around twenty cases reported in Pasadena that took place in two months. The health officials of Pasadena have told NBC News that in a span of a year, they would typically see a limited number of infections. In 2018, in the city of Long Beach, California, the reports suggests that there are 12 cases already which is just the double of the annual number. The infectious disease response coordinator of the city, Emily Holman has revealed this statistic.
The Public Health Official of the Los Angeles County Department told in a statement that “In rest of the county, the number of typhus cases since July is nine and this suggests that there has been an “outbreak.” The long beach and Pasadena have their departments of health given that they exist within a single county.
A statement which released on Friday stated: “The Pasadena Public Health Department is reporting epidemic levels of typhus fever this year.” The source of this outbreak is recited to be domestic and wild animals’ fleas.
The health department of the county has stated in its website, “Infection happens when the faeces from infected fleas are rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin or rubbed into the eyes.”
However, a few experts have suggested that the real culprit of this outbreak in the inhumane living conditions where the county’s homeless population resides.
A spokeswoman of the county health has said: “Infection happens when the faeces from infected fleas are rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin or rubbed into the eyes” via email.
The CEO of Union Rescue Mission, Andy Bates said that “The conditions on Skid Row are ripe for even more serious issues than this.”
Back in 2014, one of Bales’ leg got amputated due to exposure to the flesh-eating bacteria.