California’s Potentially Apocalyptic Disease Problem Is Growing

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The poor sanitary conditions of the City of Los Angeles have already caused the return of typhus, a disease now rarely seen in the first world, but which impacted police and a city attorney this year. Some have even warned that that most iconic of medieval-sounding afflictions, the plague, which like typhus is transmitted through fleas, could return to Los Angeles for the first time since 1924.


It remains to be seen if these measures will help prevent not only the current spread of disease, but also help avoid a much worse epidemic.

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