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OC police set feral cat traps after typhus case

Posted: May 29, 2012 3:48 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2012 3:48 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Ana Police Department animal officers are setting feral cat traps around two schools because a child was diagnosed with typhus in April.

Typhus is a bacterial infection spread by fleas. The disease can be treated with antibiotics but can be deadly if unchecked.

Orange County Vector Control spokesman Michael Hearst says fleas can carry typhus from infected cats or opossums, settle on domestic pets and bite humans who comes near.

Symptoms include fever, headaches, chills, body aches and rashes on the chest, back, arms and legs

Hearst urges people to put pets on a flea-control program.

No cats were immediately trapped, but Hearst says police will likely have to euthanize those that are because infections run through colonies and adoption isn't possible if they are wild and sick.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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