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LA County gives Typhus warning to Manhattan Beach

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles County health officials are warning residents around Manhattan Beach to be wary of stray animals and fleas after a typhus case was reported there.

City News Service reports the Department of Public Health issued a new warning Thursday over the case of endemic typhus fever that was reported near Polliwog Park in November.

No details were released on the patient's condition or identity, or exactly how the disease was contracted.

Typhus is a bacterial infection spread by fleas, usually carried by free-roaming domestic pets or opossums, and the county warned not to have food out around such animals.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics but can be deadly if unchecked. Symptoms include fever, headaches, chills, body aches and rashes on the chest, back, arms and legs.

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