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|January 29, 2020|
Health concerns mount over rodent population
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Public health and vector pest control authorities says there’s been an explosion in the rodent population in California cities and a spike in dangerous diseases such as Typhus.
"California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis," said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.
Among the findings:
• California is experiencing a massive spike in its rodent population that is both measured by available data sets and observed by field personnel.
• Increase in California’s rodent population is not explained by environmental factors – but is directly related to the decision by some government officials to ban effective rodent control methods and a spike in the state’s homeless population.
• Rodent infestations fueling an increase in reported cases of dangerous diseases such as Typhus – current rate of increase in cases raises concern regarding possible public health epidemic.
Story Date: July 24, 2019