Doctors fear that a recent LA infestation of a rat infection may pose a greater health risk than just Typhus; saying that a new "plague" of leprosy – a disease highlighted in the dark ages – could reappear in homeless shelters.
"Diseases recur in parts of America, including Los Angeles County, which we have not seen often since the Middle Ages. One is typhoid, "reports The Hill. "I also believe that homeless areas are at risk of recurrence of another deadly ancient disease, leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease. Leprosy includes mycobacteria (tuberculosis is another mycobacterium), which is very difficult to transmit and very easy to treat with a cocktail of three antibiotics. "
" And it seems only a matter of time before leprosy can be captured by the homeless population in an area like Los Angeles County, with nearly 60,000 homeless people and 75 percent of those without even temporary shelter or adequate hygiene and medical care treatment. All these factors make a perfect infectious disease boiler, which is transmitted through nasal drops and respiratory secretions with close repeated contact, "the website adds.
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Original story: July 1
Los Angeles faces a new public health risk of massive rat infestation, largely ignored by local officials; it raises serious concerns about "medieval" diseases that are re-emerging in the country's second-largest city.
"An increasing number of rodents in California – especially Los Angeles – are feeding off the spiked homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are at risk for a public health crisis, according to a study published on Tuesday," Fox News reported.  "California Reform Policy Committee report cites recent rodent-related events in the last six months, including a Los Angeles Police Department contracting Tifus and a rat falling from the buffalo wild wings ceiling on a cartridge menu it evidence of "undeniable problems" in the Golden State, "added Fox.
" California is overcome by rodents "said Carl DeMaio, president of the" Reform California ". "Without immediate urgent action by the state and local authorities, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis."
"Contrary to popular belief, rodent bites are rare and not the most common "However, reports that city workers have been bitten by rodents are increasing – with the most recent cases being reported in Los Angeles," the report noted. "Two other transmission vehicles are far more common: fleas and urine output."
The report comes weeks after officials confirmed a massive contagion in Los Angeles City Hall.
Experts blame infection in "homeless camps".
"When faced with complaints from city workers earlier this year about rats that infected the City Hall, most city officials said little about the problem with several homeless camps outside," the Los Angeles Times reported  "But a recently discovered report by a pest control company hired by the city raised new questions about whether employees mistakenly denied the opportunity during discussions at City Council meetings," the newspaper added.
According to a pest control company hired to clean up the town hall, workers found "poor sanitation", including human waste, food and needles throughout the property.
"Th homeless people use shredded areas over pits as their bathrooms and lighten up," writes David Costa, head of building and building maintenance. "This also attracts rats. The retention will have to do a bit of a hassle-free cleaning of the bars and pits. There are even hypodermic needles that are thrown into the pits along with human waste and other trash. "
The invasion comes after two LAPD employees were diagnosed with typhoid and other serious diseases related to the city's rat population.
Los Angeles continues its ongoing fight against rampant homelessness and crumbling infrastructure weeks ago, with residents complaining about "rotten junk piles" that attack rats and pose a major health risk to residents and tourists.
"Leftover piles of rotting junk left unaccounted for in Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, raise concerns for a new epidemic after last year's record-breaking number of flea-borne fever," NBC Los Angeles reported.
and the city's most famous garbage pile, located between downtown LA's vibrant Fashion and Produce neighborhoods, continues to be a rat magnet after being cleaned months ago. Rodents can carry typhoid-infested fleas that can spread the disease to people through ba tears rubbed in the eyes or cuts and scars on the skin leading to severe flu-like symptoms, "the article adds.
" I can't walk down the street without thinking that a flea can jump on me, "the owner complained of local business.
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