• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach sees a 'significant increase' in flea-borne typhus cases

According to Long Beach public health officials, the city is experiencing a “significant” surge in the spread of flea-borne typhus cases in the first half of 2021.

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Local health officials say there have been 10 cases so far reported, which is exceeding what is expected for the year and that cases are not set in one particular area.

  • According to health officials, the flea-borne illness, which can cause high fever, chills, headache, or in some cases severe illness, was first introduced to the area in 2006.

  • Typhus is endemic to Long Beach, and the city expects a set number of cases every year, but the most instances were in 2016 and 2018 when there were 20 people diagnosed.

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