[Ed. – You can never have too many medieval diseases rampaging through your inner cities.]
An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday.
Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans. While the fleas can come from cats, rats, and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus.
In people, however, typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache, and rash. It is not transmitted from person to person and can be treated with antibiotics. …
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Typhus can spread in areas where there is an accumulation of trash that attracts wild animals like feral cats, rats and opossums.