Typhus outbreak in L.A. reaches City Hall; staffers shriek at rats, refuse to work until place fumigated

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Rats are running rampant in Los Angeles, but we’re not talking about the Democrats who run the city.

Not only are actual rats a problem in the City of Angels, but so too is an outbreak of typhus, according to KTLA 5 — the deadly bacterial disease is generally transmitted through fleas that have been infected by rodents.

City employee Elizabeth Greenwood learned she had contracted the disease after taking a blood test.

“I was in shock. Who thinks of Typhus?” Greenwood told KTLA 5. “I thought of Typhus as something I read about in history books.

“It is terrifying to me that going from my car, up an elevator to my office, I can get this disease from a flea bite” she said.

Greenwood told KTLA 5 that she refuses to return to the office until all of City Hall is fumigated.

The CW-affiliated television station showed a video of a rat scurrying across the floor at Los Angeles City Hall, reporting that the carpets may have to be replaced after a city employee is suspected of being infected with Typhus while at work.

Staffers are heard shrieking as the rat runs down a hall in the video provided to KTLA by councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.

Citing a study by the California Department of Public Health, KTLA 5 reported that Los Angeles county health officials first reported a Typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles in October 2018.

There were 142 Typhus cases in Los Angeles County alone in 2018.

But then, is this a surprise in a city where some downtown areas are so overrun by homeless people that it looks like a scene from a third world country? A virtual tent city of filth and squalor.

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There were 52,765 homeless people in Los Angeles County last year, according to the L.A. Times. And while the overall population is trending down, tents and makeshift shelters were going in the opposite direction.

“Homelessness declined 3% in the county and 5% in the city of Los Angeles in 2018. Still, the number of tents, vehicles and makeshift shelters increased,” the newspaper reported.

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And let’s not loose sight over the fact there are a million illegal immigrants living in the city and county, as The Times has reported — many from third world countries. Not only do officials have no idea who is residing among them, they have few clues about their health status.

But those living on the streets in makeshift shelters have few options when it comes to sanitation. Many use buckets to relieves themselves, often dumping the contents into the streets.

There are many videos of this vast population of homeless people. Videos that go on block after block after block, as seen below.

One thing that is not much of a mystery is that homelessness is a growing problem in Democrat-run cities that develop program after program to address their needs.

All of which goes back to the theory that the more effort put forth to make homeless people comfortable in their lifestyle, the more incentive is provided to encourage the behavior.

As for the conditions, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office issued a statement last fall saying that multiple city departments began a coordinated effort to improve cleanliness in Civic Center, KTLA 5 reported.

“In addition to increased trash collection and cleanings, aggressive action has been taken to address pests both in the buildings and in the surrounding outside areas,” the statement said.

“Pests” apparently being the rodents, not homeless people by the tens of thousands.

Tom Tillison

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