Rats and fleas have infested LA's City Hall

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The California Department of Public Health reported recently that there were 167 confirmed typhus cases during 2018, and the majority of them were in Los Angeles County.

Officials at Los Angeles' City Hall are considering ripping out all of the building's carpets up, as a cascade of rats and fleas are said to be running riot in its halls.

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.

"Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents", Wesson, who removed his own office's carpet in November, told the Los Angeles Times.

'Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents, ' Wesson said to the LA Times.

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

"Since the work has been completed, our employees have not reported any new rodent or flea issues within the office", he said in his filing, according to Fox 11. Wesson told the Times that he moved his staff out of City Hall to a nearby building because the situation had gotten so bad.

According to the Times, a deputy city attorney contracted typhus previous year and had a 102-degree fever.

Typhus is a deadly bacterial disease typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rodents.

Greenwood never thought showing up for work at City Hall could leave her fighting for her life. And Greenwood believes they led her to getting typhus.

The motion would instruct city staff to report back with a cost estimate and plan to remove all carpets in City Hall and City Hall East, and to report back with an assessment of all live plants in any city building, city-owned facility and city-operated facility within downtown, including which varieties are most attractive to vermin. Humans can contract the illness through flea bites or the feces of the infected insects, when it's rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The motion also suggests exploring the drafting of a policy that would require all city employees to secure their food after hours and require custodial services to dispose of all food left out by any employee.

Flea-borne typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rashes in people and can be treated with antibiotics.