LA City Hall May Remove All Carpets Amid Typhus Concerns

LA City Hall May Remove All Carpets Amid Typhus Concerns

Council President Herb Wesson asked for a cost estimate for removing all carpets in the building and an assessment of all live plants in any city building.

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February 7, 2019
Edited by the PCT Staff

All carpets at Los Angeles City Hall may need to be replaced amid a Typhus outbreak that may have infected one city employee while at work, according to a motion filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday, KTLA reported.

Wesson, who first became aware of a vermin issue in November 2018, contacted pest control experts and removed all his office's carpets, according to the motion.

The motion reported cleanup issues and a noticeable increase in rodents in the area, which could have contributed to the outbreak.

The California Department of Public Health first reported a Typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles in October 2018, saying that four people had been infected, and that the number was expected to rise.

Wesson's motion asks for a report on the scope of vermin and pest control issues at City Hall, and instructs city staff to report back with a cost estimate for removing all carpets in the building and an assessment of all live plants in any city building.

Source: KTLA