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LAPD officer contracts typhoid fever

LAPD officer contracts typhoid fever”

The employee contracted em Salmonella Typhi /em , which causes typhoid fever.

A specific diagnosis has not been determined for the other employee, who has typhus-like symptoms, LAPD said.

The employees both work in LAPD's Central Division, which patrols most of downtown L.A. and Chinatown as well as parts of Echo Park and Elysian Park, Officer Mike Lopez with the agency's media relations department said.

A life-threatening disease has infected at least one member of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The department would not confirm whether the employees work as officers, but noted in a news release that "our police officers often patrol in adverse environments and can be exposed to various risky elements".

Fewer than 350 Americans contract typhoid each year, and usually only after traveling to underdeveloped countries, according to the CDC. "We have notified the Police Protective League as well as our employees working at Central Division, about the outbreak and we have further provided them with strategies to stay healthy while we mitigate this issue".

Symptoms include sustained fever that can reach 104 degrees, weakness, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea or constipation, coughing and loss of appetite.

Typhus is different from typhoid fever, which can come from a variety of sources.

Typhoid fever and typhus are often diagnosed through blood tests and treated with antibiotics.

"Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year's record number of flea-borne typhus cases", reports NBC Los Angeles. Our demand is simple: "Clean it up and provide preventive measures before there is a massive outbreak".

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