A case of flea-borne typhus discovered in Burbank. The Los Angeles County Vector Control has confirmed the case, according to a community bulletin sent out today by the city of Burbank. Endemic typhus fever (aka: murine typhus or flea-borne typhus) is a disease caused by a bacteria known as Rickettsia.
The disease is not transmitted person to person. Infected fleas spread this type of typhus to people. The symptoms include fever, headache, chills, body aches,pains and a rash can occur on the chest, back, arms and/or legs in some cases. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says a blood test is usually required to accurately diagnosis the disease.
This is the first case of flea-borne typhus in Burbank this year. There was one case last year, and two in 2012.
County health officials and the Burbank Animal Shelter are recommending these steps for prevention.