Medieval Diseases’ Strike California’s Tent Cities

A series of devastating “medieval diseases” have struck California’s growing tent cities and homeless camps in recent days, with experts warning an increasing rat population and other factors are quickly spreading the contagious illnesses across the state.
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Typhus, a bacterial infection that is sometimes life threatening, is on the rise in Los Angeles and several other U.S. cities. Public health officials say homelessness is making the problem worse and that the disease, which is associated with poverty and poor sanitation, is making a comeback in the United States.
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“It’s never been considered a very common disease,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, “but we seem to see it more frequently. And it seems to be extending across from Southern California all along the Mexican border into southeastern Texas"

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Tags: Typhus, Middle Ages, Desease, California, Homeless

Location: Southern California