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Los Angeles Police Officers Contract Typhoid Fever, Others Show Typhus-Like Symptoms

Los Angeles Police Officers Contract Typhoid Fever, Others Show Typhus-Like Symptoms

Meanwhile, instead of killing disease-spreading rats, California legislator proposes a ban on rodenticides.

The last time we visited Los Angeles in our posts, a local TV investigative team reported that the city wastes tens of millions of dollars per year in clean-up efforts because LA’s homeless encampments quickly repopulate once cleaning ends.

The rat population has exploded as a result of garbage accumulation, and a Los Angeles police officer has now shown symptoms of the flea-borne disease typhus spread by rats.

The I-Team has been exposing uncollected filth, an exploding rat population and fears of a new typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles, with an LAPD officer working downtown possibly the latest victim of the disease.

A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed to the I-Team that an officer stationed at Central Division has typhus-like symptoms but has not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Typhus can be spread by infected fleas that live on rats that have been linked to growing homeless encampments.

The disease can cause fever, chills, vomiting and confusion.

Typhoid fever is another disease associated with garbage and sewage, which doctors can confuse with typhus. One LAPD officer is now recovering from that disease.

The LAPD announced late Wednesday that an employee who fell ill at the downtown LAPD station had contracted the strain of bacteria that causes typhoid fever and was being treated for the condition. The LAPD confirmed that a second employee had a lower intestinal infection, but a specific diagnosis has not been determined.

It’s unclear where the officers contracted typhoid, though officials said they were not patrol officers. The LAPD appeared to link the case to officers’ work conditions, saying in a statement that “our police officers often patrol in adverse environments and can be exposed to various dangerous elements.”

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It affects about 22 million people worldwide each year, with 350 cases reported in this country annually, usually as a result of their travels to poverty-stricken areas abroad. One can contract Typhoid fever from eating food or drinking beverages that connected with infected people, sewage, or bacteria-filled water.

The NBC4 Los Angeles video of the area shows why the police department suspects that the officer’s work environment exposed them to the diseases.

The Los Angeles Police Department has demanded a clean up of the area around the impacted station.

The division polices downtown Los Angeles, including the notorious Skid Row area where hundreds of homeless people camp on the streets. The police union says homeless encampments must be cleaned up following the recent diagnosis and other cases where officers contracted hepatitis A and staph infections.

‘The last thing I need is my members coming to work worried about contracting an infectious disease and bringing it home to their families,’ Los Angeles Police Protective League treasurer Robert Harris said.

Dustin DeRollo, a union spokesman, said officers who patrol Skid Row ‘walk through the feces, urine and trash’ – conditions that ‘should alarm everyone and must be addressed.’

Hopefully, the officers will succeed where taxpayer complaints have failed, in terms of inspiring civic leaders to act. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is a board-certified internist, notes the potential for a “black death” outbreak if these dire conditions continue.

“We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now,” Pinsky told Fox New host Laura Ingraham. “We have the three prongs of airborne disease, tuberculosis is exploding, rodent-borne. We are one of the only cities in the country that doesn’t have a rodent control program, and sanitation has broken down.”

Pinsky said bubonic plague — also known as the “Black Death,” a pandemic that killed off millions in the 14th century — is “likely” already present in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, California is going to do California.

While Los Angeles, and other large California cities are experiencing rat infestations within homeless camps, AB 1788, by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) will ban Rodenticides – rodent poisons. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Pesticide Regulation already regulate these products for efficacy, human health impacts and impacts to the environment.

…San Francisco has a no-kill, catch-and-release rat policy: “Humane Wildlife Control addresses the problem by sealing holes in buildings that can create entry points for rodents, and then they set up live catch traps to capture rats,” SF Gate reported in 2017. “Once rats are caught, they’re released right in the backyard.”

At this point, I think California is going to have to clean itself up quite a bit before it can rise to third-world status.


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legacyrepublican | June 3, 2019 at 9:10 am

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they give the rats the right to vote citing their close affiliation to the DemoRATic party. Both are well known these days for their ability to carry a plague on humanity on their stinking bodies.

LeftWingLock | June 3, 2019 at 9:18 am

My favorite Black Death (true) story. My wife loves funky t shirts. I got her one that has a picture of a rat on the front and says “Black Death European Tour”. On the back it has the major cities that had the Black Death.
A young lady with like 10 piercings (that we could see) asked my wife: “WOW, did you really go to Europe to see them play?”

OnTheLeftCoast | June 3, 2019 at 9:53 am

Hepatitis A and typhoid fever are transmitted by what is delicately known as the fecal-oral route: Get infected shit on your hands and then eat/drink, or eat previously contaminated foods and beverages.

If you’re “not a patrol officer” (or I guess undercover) that would seem to implicate lunch.

One of the more disturbing books I have ever read was by an infectious disease specialist.

Included advice:

Train yourself to keep your hands away from your face
If you’ve been out in public, wash your hands before eating, drinking, blowing your nose, or otherwise touching your face. Basically, wash your hands before putting your hands near any orifice, or handling anything that will touch or enter an orifice. That means washing beforeurinating or defecating, not just after.

No street shoes in the house, and if you’ve been out in public spaces better not to wear those clothes in the house.

It also means that if you must be in a doctor’s office or other medical setting, be assertive about seeing for yourself that whoever touches you has just properly washed their hands. Or if you aren’t able to do that, have someone watching out for you as long as you are in that setting. 24/7 if you’re in the hospital.

    healthguyfsu in reply to OnTheLeftCoast. | June 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    That immune system isn’t gonna train itself!

    Orwellington in reply to OnTheLeftCoast. | June 4, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Add daily nasal lavage to that list of precautions. Neti pots are inexpensive and you can make your own saline rinse. Formulas are available on the internet. It’s my first line of defense against colds and the flu, and other potential illnesses.

The People’s Democratic Republic of California is devolving into a land of super rich Hollywood denizens and Silicon Valley technocrats on one end, and on the other end huge numbers of impoverished Third World illegals competing with poor citizens for whatever crumbs fall from the tables of the wealthy.

Hurrah for socialism.

    LeftWingLock in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | June 3, 2019 at 10:18 am

    SOMEBODY has to do the gardening. And be the maid. And the nanny. The elite give you movies and music and computers — what more do you want from them?

    This has nothing to do with illegal immigration or with socialism. This is all the result of liberal delusion and the general insanity of that group.

    Back in the 1980s, liberals adopted the belief that the insane should all be released into society and they would commence living, responsible lives, with a little medication and counseling. That did not happen. That was the delusion. What did happen was a tsunami of homeless people living on the streets and eating out of dumpsters. And, here comes the insane part. Liberals, including liberal judges, decided that the homeless were a protected class and were allowed to do things that the rest of society was not. The homeless population is almost entirely composed of people with some mental disorder. Almost all of the homeless population is composed of people with significant chemical dependency problems. And most of the homeless population has both. Yet, liberals can not admit that their initial belief structure, concerning the mentally ill and, then, the homeless population which they comprise the bulk of, was wrong. so, now they simply ignore it. To liberals, homelessness simply does not exist as a reality. This is total insanity. And, why any rational person would listen to an insane person, let alone hire one to run the country, is unfathomable.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Mac45. | June 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Disagree on both counts.

      You are closer to right on immigration than socialism, though.

      Immigrants can bring in disease strains that were previously eradicated or even entirely new to a population. See colonial era for details. Immigrants also have different practices for handling sewer waste. In Guatemala, indoor plumbing does not work well if one even has it. Therefore, they trash their soiled TP in the trash can. In Turkey, people wipe and scrape with their bare hand and wash it off. I have seen instances of legal immigrants of both societies continue this practice in America. One was a relative’s significant other and one was a co-worker of my wife.

      Socialism leads to poverty en masse and a highly classist society with little to no middle class. The Soviet Union is much colder than LA, but bringing that poverty into a hot and humid climate is a breeding ground for disease.

      You are correct that liberal delusion is the main contributor, but you should not deny ancillary factors.

        Mac45 in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        There is not a lot of homelessness in socialist, totalitarian societies. If you do not show up for work, which is assigned, you get shipped out to a reeducation camp where you work or starve. If you steal, you end up in a reeducation camp. If you use drugs, you end up in a reeducation camp or are executed. Get the idea? A society only has a homeless problem if it allows it.

      Have to disagree. California (meaning the government) made the decision to import huge numbers of illegals in order to turn the state into a one-party socialist dictatorship. To accomplish this the state lavished education and welfare benefits on illegals to the exclusion of most everything else (“green” projects being one of the few exceptions).

      Thus California has a burgeoning pubic health crisis, growing homelessness, and rotting infrastructure. Our self-anointed moral and intellectual betters in Sacramento cannot be bothered with the mundane stuff the “racists” want government to do instead of creating a socialist paradise.

        Sorry gentlemen, but the bulk of the homeless population is not illegal immigrant living in the streets. Almost all of the homeless population is composed of American citizens who suffer from mental illness of serious chemical dependence issues. and a large number of them actually receive disability and welfare benefits. The real cause of the overwhelming homeless problem, in blue states and cities, is that the liberal political leadership will do nothing to control the problem. It allows “camping”, drug use and unsanitary conditions to occur by ignoring them. It would be nice to think that foreigners are responsible for the homeless epidemic, but that is simply not the case.

          OnTheLeftCoast in reply to Mac45. | June 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm

          To the extent that the homeless problem is due to mental illness and/or drug addiction, it’s mostly not due to illegal immigration though as numerous lurid headlines demonstrate, because illegals don’t get screened, we are also importing dangerously mentally ill illegals to supplement our native population.

          To the extent that workers on the lower rungs of the economic ladder are displaced by illegals, uncontrolled immigration does contribute to homelessness.

          The state mental hospitals in California were Cloward-Pivened out of existence by activist lawyers determined to prevent the involuntary commitment of mentally ill people. After all, insanity is merely a social construct.

          Governor Reagan was pushed by a looming tsunami of civil-rights-for-the-mentally-ill lawsuits and pulled by psychiatrists promising soothing community mental health facilities where the grateful well-behaved patients liberated from the state hospitals would go for their cutting edge pysch meds.

          A bipartisan group of sincerely reform minded legislators wrote the enabling legislation, not realizing that the lawyer leading the ACLU’s legal campaign intended to destroy, not reform the state hospitals, and that in reality they were useful idiots for the radicals.

Just got a text from Warrant Officer Ripley:

“Nuke LA from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MarkJ. | June 3, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Now, there’s an original pair of sentences. First time i have read them. Today.

Catch and release for rats?

It’s much, much worse than the stories portray: these ‘tent slums’ are everywhere in the city. Lunatics are running through traffic, going nuts on street corners, sleeping in every nook and cranny, pissing on the streets, harrassing people, attacking people, sleeping on the subway, etc.

That said: the incompetent mayor of LA (Garcetti) who was running for president, suddenly dropped out of the race, and quietly. The reason? He was being investigated by the FBI for corruption:

San Francisco is one thing, but a city the size of LA becoming – literally – a rat infested, typhus infested shithole invaded by every addict and mentally ill freak in existence in every corner of the city says worlds about the IDIOTS leading the city. Corrupt idiots, on top of it all.

Then there are the young 20-somethings who pour into NorCal from other states (often Colorado) to help with the pot harvest in late summer/early fall. Called “trimmers” or “trimmigrants”, they come for the cash and then decide to stay because of the drugs and the climate. They then migrate to the more homeless-friendly parts of the state and join in with the mix of hard-core addicts, mentally ill and the really poor.

By the way, some of the mentally ill who are homeless are mentally compromised BECAUSE of the drugs. Drugs are the cause for them, not a symptom. Seen it first hand.