Posted on 10/12/2018

Typhus has been in the news a lot lately. And while your risk for exposure is extremely low, because typhus cannot be spread person-to-person, Mayor Garcetti is working hard to protect the health and safety of your family, friends, employees, and neighbors.

Once the County declared a typhus emergency, the Mayor’s Office immediately convened the County Department of Public Health, L.A. Sanitation, and other relevant agencies to assess conditions on the ground and create an action plan for containing the threat. We are coordinating our response through Mayor Garcetti’s Homelessness Command Post. Here are just some of the strategies we are pursuing to make sure that this illness remains contained:

  • In addition to existing cleanups in the Skid Row area through our Operation Healthy Streets program, Mayor Garcetti put an extra $300,000 toward expanding and intensifying cleanups in the most affected areas, with trash pickups in those areas being expanded to twice-daily.

  • The Bureau of Street Services will increase the frequency of street sweepings in affected areas, and will coordinate with the Bureau of Sanitation to ensure the sweepings follow the comprehensive cleanups to maximize their impact.

  • We are taking immediate action to enhance dusting for fleas and take new steps to eradicate rodents with the potential to spread typhus.

  • The Bureau of Sanitation is escalating enforcement at businesses that do not pay for trash service, and may be involved in illegal dumping that attracts rodents.

  • The Department of Animal Services has formed a partnership to make flea and tick treatment available for free to pet owners in the affected area, and the County is also conducting wellness clinics for animals.

The health, safety, and well-being of Angelenos will always be Mayor Garcetti’s top priority. That’s why the City and County are working together to take swift, decisive, and comprehensive action that Mayor Garcetti is confident will resolve this issue soon. In the meantime, you can stay informed on the progress by visiting