Kern County Is Prepared for a Typhoid Outbreak
Los Angeles County isn’t the only one concerned about typhoid fever. Public health officials in Kern County have been preparing for a possible typhoid outbreak and they have a contingency plan in place should widespread illness occur, County Public Health Services Director Matt Constantine told the Board of Supervisors last week.
There are no known cases of the potentially deadly infection in Kern County, according to KGET. But recent news that a member of the Los Angeles Police Department had contracted typhoid was enough to rouse Kern officials to action.
Typhoid is a rare but serious illness typically caused by contaminated food or drinking water which results in fevers, weakness, stomach pain, headache, and loss of appetite, according to the CDC. It is rare in the industrialized world (the U.S. sees about 300 cases per year), but unsanitary conditions arising from a growing homeless population could feed the disease, officials fear.