Typhus Outbreak May Force Removal of All Carpets at City Hall

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He cited a case involving a city employee who possibly contracted the flea-borne illness while at work.

After one of his staff members was bitten by a flea late past year, Wesson closed the entirety of his fourth floor office and had all the rugs removed.

City County President Herb Wesson submitted a motion Wednesday requesting the city conduct an investigation into the "scope of vermin and pest control issues" in City Hall and its adjoining buildings.

The motion reported cleanup issues and a noticeable increase in rodents in the area, which could have contributed to the outbreak.

"Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents", Wesson said he told the outlet, adding that he "intend (s) to do whatever it is we need" to eliminate the problem.

'I intend to do whatever it is we need'.

Councillor Monica Rodriguez captured one of many pest sightings at the City Hall building, this week.

But after learning an employee on another floor has suffered the same fate, he's asked officials to examine how much it would cost to re-carpet the whole of the 91-year building.

The demand has come after health officials in the downtown area announced the district is in the midst of a typhus outbreak, with several homeless people who live near City Hall affected.

In October, officials declared a typhus outbreak in downtown L.A. The disease spreads when fleas bite rats and become infected with a particular type of bacteria.

Typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rashes in people and can be treated with antibiotics.

Wesson says he's yet to see one scurrying around in his office but a number of his colleagues have shared stories and even capture videos of their encounters with the creatures.

'You shouldn't be anxious about coming to work and catching some virus'.

Elizabeth Greenwood, a city attorney, said she contracted the disease in November 2018 and was left with severe symptoms.

'I was in shock.

Greenwood doesn't think that's enough and she wants answers.

'It is terrifying to me that going from my auto, up an elevator to my office, I can get this disease from a flea bite'. "I thought I was going to die and couldn't figure out what was wrong with me". "This work in busy and highly populated public buildings is executed carefully to protect workers and visitors, and the scheduling of extermination activities takes these factors into consideration".

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