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A case of Murine Typhus was recently discovered in our community of Compton

May contain: animal, flea, insect, and invertebrate

Murine Typhus is a disease transmitted by arthropods such as fleas, ticks, and lice. However, in urban areas, like Compton, it is primarily transmitted by fleas.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which tracks these cases, notified our District late last week of the recent development. The symptoms of Murine Typhus include a fever with a headache, chills, and body aches. In some cases, a rash will appear on the chest, back, arms, and/or legs. These symptoms normally manifest themselves 6 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Although, as a mosquito abatement district, we do not respond to outbreaks of fleas, you can protect yourself by exercising caution if you or your loved ones – especially your furry family members – are dealing with fleas.

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