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Typhus Warnings Posted in Manhattan Beach

Signs have gone up in the neighborhood near Polliwog Park.

Typhus is spread by bacteria-infected fleas. Patch file graphic.
Typhus is spread by bacteria-infected fleas. Patch file graphic.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Originally posted at 3:25 p.m. Feb. 27, 2013. City News Service erred in the original reporting of this story. L.A. County Department of Public Health officials say today's warnings were a follow-up to a case reported in November, NOT a new case

County health officials posted follow-up warnings today about a case of endemic typhus fever that was reported late last year in the neighborhood near Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.

Details about the patient have not been released, but officials have posted information in the area -- near Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Redondo Avenue -- about precautions that should be taken with wildlife and domestic pets, according to Manhattan Beach police. The patient was diagnosed in November, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,

A public health official said the case was reported last year following the diagnosis, and today's warnings were a follow-up to that diagnosis -- not a new case of the illness.

Typhus fever is not transferred person-to-person, but is spread by bacteria-infected fleas, which can by found on cats, possums and certain rats, according to the county Public Health department. Infected animals generally do not display any symptoms of the disease.

People who contract the illness generally develop fever, headaches, chills, body aches and sometimes rashes. Most cases require hospitalization, but it is treatable when properly diagnosed, according to the county.

Police urged people to be cautious when encountering wildlife, stray dogs, feral cats or free-roaming pets.

--City News Service

Kathy Sena February 28, 2014 at 09:13 AM
This is an example of why Patch needs LOCAL reporting and editing. No offense AT ALLl to the current editor, who has waaay too much territory to cover and who must reply on things such as City News Service. The former editor of Patch, Liz Spear, would have known the history on the story, would have checked the facts and would have had local sources to interview. If Patch wants to truly be a local news service in each of its areas, this is what is required. If Patch continues down this path, more and more people will just ignore it, I predict. (Also, there's a typo in the headline...) Again, wishing the current editor all the best. She just has way too much to cover. No human can really cover all of L.A. and Orange Counties...
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Thank you Kathy. When I saw CNS's error, I was really upset. I'd like to think I would NOT make this mistake had I reported it myself. I am writing up to seven stories a day, but do depend on the wire service to fill in the gaps. HOWEVER, there is a great plan afoot, and hyper-local is the focus. I personally don't think it's fair that our company bleed millions of dollars while we came up with this plan, so I understand why we had to temporarily shrink to come up with it. Remember, this is a Band-Aid. The healing will come!

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