The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is investigating a second outbreak of flea-borne typhus in people in the Willowbrook area, and continues to respond to an unconnected outbreak involving several cases in downtown Los Angeles.
Flea-borne typhus is a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans. In Los Angeles County, the primary animals known to carry infected fleas include rats, cats, and opossums. Pet dogs and cats that are allowed outside, and that are not treated with flea-control products, are more likely to come into contact with infected fleas and carry them to humans. Typhus is not transmitted person-to-person.
Pet owners should use an EFFECTIVE flea control product. Many of the Over the Counter products are ineffective although they are popular and frequently used.
Pet owners should be aware that feeding wild or stray animals draws more flea hosts into the area.
Pet owners to keep their property clean, with trash securely sealed, to avoid attracting rodents and other wildlife and their fleas.
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