Heads up for Orange Co., and SoCal. Although there are cases reported every year in SoCal and TX, this is apparently the first time that it's shown up in the Santa Ana area.
"A Santa Ana resident has contracted typhus, prompting city officials to alert the community.
It is the first known case of typhus reported in Santa Ana...
Orange County Vector Control officials have been passing out flyers to residents in the area to help them avoid getting the disease, which primarily is transmitted by fleas, city spokesman Jose Gonzalez said.
“The issue here is the person lives in close proximity to two schools and because there are feral cats on the school grounds,” Gonzalez said.
...parents definitely need to be concerned about their children and where they play. “Especially if their children play where where might be a lot of stray cats in the area. They need to be careful their kids are not coming in contact with those cats.”
There have been 46 cases of typhus in Orange County since 2006, reports Fernandez."