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Typhus Warning In LA, Avoid Feral Cats

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Pet lovers need to restrain their hospitable impulses and refrain from feeding or interacting with feral cats following a case of typhus in Manhattan Beach, authorities said today.

The Los Angeles County Health Department warned residents that the best way to prevent the spread of the disease was to keep their pets isolated from feral cats and their fleas, widely known as a Typhus carriers.

Madeline Bernstein, president of the LA chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,  said pets should be kept indoors, with up-to-date flea prevention and vaccination, and that they should also be spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted socializing with their feral counterparts.

Bernstein said homeowners should also screen potential building access holes, eliminate food sources and secure external trash storage.

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