Los Angeles City Hall is being overrun with rats

Henrietta Strickland
February 9, 2019

And in November, city attorney Elizabeth Greenwood contracted typhus while working in the downtown office, CBS Los Angeles reported.

City County President Herb Wesson submitted a motion Wednesday requesting the city conduct an investigation into the "scope of vermin and pest control issues" in City Hall and its adjoining buildings.

A typhus outbreak in Downtown Los Angeles, has officials considering removing the carpets at City Hall.

After one of his staff members was bitten by a flea late a year ago, Wesson closed the entirety of his fourth floor office and had all the rugs removed.

"Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents", Wesson said he told the outlet, adding that he "intend (s) to do whatever it is we need" to eliminate the problem. "I intend to do whatever it is we need". Outside, a rat was recently spotted gnawing through a pumpkin put out for decoration at the building's Halloween party. Wesson told the Times that he moved his staff out of City Hall to a nearby building because the situation had gotten so bad.

The disease flourishes in unsanitary conditions and is often spread by flea-infested rats.

Greenwood never thought showing up for work at City Hall could leave her fighting for her life. I had a 102C fever.

"I am actually terrified of entering the building again until they do something", she told the news outlet.

The motion follows a typhus outbreak in Los Angeles County in October during which health officials warned people to avoid wild animals, including rats.

The motion would instruct city staff to report back with a cost estimate and plan to remove all carpets in City Hall and City Hall East, and to report back with an assessment of all live plants in any city building, city-owned facility and city-operated facility within downtown, including which varieties are most attractive to vermin.

The motion also suggests exploring the drafting of a policy that would require all city employees to secure their food after hours and require custodial services to dispose of all food left out by any employee. Murine, or endemic, typhus the strain in Los Angeles, infects people when infected flea feces are rubbed into cuts or scrapes in skin.

Symptoms include high fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, rashes, and in some severe cases, internal bleeding, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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