A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health, confirms two cases of typhus in Santa Monica in the last year. He said they have found typhus in Santa Monica in the past, on rats, feral cats and opossums. It has not recently found cases in people.
There is a concern that they could be transmitted from the animals to people sleeping in the park, by way of fleas. Another concern is shelter workers, who could contract disorders from animals.
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