Thanks to Krisztian Magori for tweeting the link to this KABC-TV report: Typhus case reported near Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Excerpt:
A case of endemic typhus fever was reported in a neighborhood around Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, police announced Thursday.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health contacted the Manhattan Beach Police Department about the case on Thursday.
County health officials posted information about precautions when dealing with wildlife and domestic pets.
Typhus fever is a bacterial infection generally transmitted by fleas, ticks, lice and mites, or by inhaling infected dust. It's prevalent in port cities and coastal regions with rodents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as in tropical and subtropical areas.
Symptoms usually develop within one to two weeks after becoming infected. Fever, headache, malaise, nausea and vomiting are common symptoms. A rash may develop at the site of a flea or tick bite, according to the CDC.