L.A. Officials Approve Pilot Program to Fight Typhus

Los Angeles County officials have approved a new program aimed at tackling a disturbing Typhus epidemic. The program will entail a mass cleanup of homeless encampments in L.A. County, offering increased showering and shelter services and distributing insect repellent to those living on the streets.

As County News reported earlier this month, experts are troubled by the explosion of flea-borne Typhus cases in Pasadena, Long Beach, and Downtown L.A. Critics say the large increase in cases is due to the deteriorating sanitation conditions around homeless encampments in Southern California.

So far this year, The Department of Public Health has reported 64 cases of Typhus in L.A. County, not including the cases in Pasadena and Long Beach. There were 64 cases during all of last year.

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