Los Angeles, CA–Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) reminds pet owners to practice good pet hygiene and flea control to prevent the flea-borne bacterial infection, Typhus. Especially during warm summer months, flea populations can explode, causing discomfort for pets, and possibly severe illness in humans.
Cases of Typhus have steadily increased in Los Angeles since 2018. Los Angeles Public Health reports 14 cases of Typhus so far this year. Symptoms in humans include fever, headache, malaise, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you feel ill and have flea bites, notify your doctor so the right diagnostic tests and treatments can be provided. The disease can cause long-term damage or death if serious symptoms are left untreated.
Pet parents, please be consistent with flea and tick control for pets. Consult your veterinarian for options, or visit pet supply stores such as the spcaLA Marketplace (7700 E. Spring. St., Long Beach CA) for flea control products. Proceeds from purchases at the Marketplace support spcaLA’s shelter services and programs.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ana Bustilloz at (323) 707-1271 cell or by email at abustilloz@spcaLA.com.