Los Angeles County supervisors OK plan to fight typhus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a pilot program to combat typhus in homeless encampments.
City News Service reports that the supervisors okayed the program Tuesday. It will include cleaning up streets, offering housing, and providing mobile showers, hand sanitizer and flea repellent for those who remain on the streets.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger says she doesn’t want to be alarmist but has been disturbed by conditions in her district, which includes the foothills of Pasadena and Glendale, and the San Gabriel Valley.
She likens the conditions to “a third-world country.”
The board’s action is in response to recent typhus outbreaks in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach and Willowbrook.
Typhus is caused by bacteria found in infected fleas that can come from many animals.