Los Angeles City Hall is infested with rats, and officials are asking the city to remove the carpeting amid a typhus outbreak in the area.
City officials say all of the carpets in City Hall and City Hall East may need to be ripped out due to the typhus outbreak. Employees have reported seeing rats in several offices and at least two workers say they have been bitten by fleas, The Los Angeles Times reported.
"Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents", Wesson said he told the outlet, adding that he "intend (s) to do whatever it is we need" to eliminate the problem.
"Since the work has been completed, our employees have not reported any new rodent or flea issues within the office", he said in his filing, according to Fox 11. During a Halloween party previous year, a rat chewed through a pumpkin decoration. Wesson told the Times that he moved his staff out of City Hall to a nearby building because the situation had gotten so bad. I had a 102C fever.
Greenwood never thought showing up for work at City Hall could leave her fighting for her life. Greenwood told the Times she has not returned to work since November because she is "terrified of entering the building again until they do something".
Wesson's motion includes a call for an audit of all the live plants in every city-owned and city-operated building, including the varieties that "are most attractive to vermin".
He's also pushing for a policy requiring employees to secure their food after hours and for custodians to toss out food that's left out.
In October 2018, health officials announced there was a typhus outbreak in LA County including in the downtown areas that included Skid Row where an estimated 2,000 homeless people sleep.
Noting that typhus is typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums, City Council President Herb Wesson, said he wants city staff to report on the scope of vermin and pest control issues within the Civic Center complex, according to a newly filed motion. Humans can contract the illness through flea bites or the feces of the infected insects, when it's rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a typical case of typhus, symptoms are much like those of the flu, including headaches, a high temperature, dry coughs, vomiting, and joint pain.