A series of devastating “medieval diseases” have struck California’s growing tent cities and homeless camps in recent days, with experts warning an increasing rat population and other factors are quickly spreading the contagious illnesses across the state.
“This homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp is often littered with needles and trash and soaked in urine. Rats occasionally scamper through,” reports Scientific American.
“Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard,” adds the report.
According to Scientific American, Los Angeles has recently suffered an outbreak of Typhus as a result of “infected fleas on rats and other animals.”
“Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public health crisis,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom in February. “Typhus… A medieval disease. In California. In 2019.”
Read the full report here.