Expert Says Typhus Outbreak In Southern California Could Easily Happen In Bay Area

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Wednesday, October 10th
The flea-borne Typhus outbreak in Southern California has reached epidemic levels. So far 57 cases have been reported in Los Angeles County with 20 of those coming from Pasadena where they normally see one-five cases a year.

Spread by animals like rats, feral cats and opossums, Typhus is rarely deadly but can lead to serious medical complications and hospitalizations.

Dr. Janet Foley is a Professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and researches infectious diseases. Dr. Foley tells KCBS Radio anchor Rebecca Corral that Northern California carries all the same risk factors for an outbreak.