While some local officials are calling the recent typhus outbreak in Los Angeles an "epidemic," it's not as bad as it could be.
As of Monday, 57 people had come down with the flea-born infectious disease in the City of Angels. This strain of typhus is called Murine or endemic typhus, which is caused by an infection with Ricketessia typhi.
After one or two weeks, an infected person may develop fever, headache, chills and muscle aches. Between a quarter and a half of them will develop a rash. Most cases of this type are mild, though it is possible that some will develop severe illness. Doxycyline is an effective antibiotic to treating this type of typhus.