The outbreak of a flea-borne disease last fall prompted local officials to declare a large portion of central Downtown the “typhus zone.” Now another part of the community is feeling the effects: City Hall.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Council President Herb Wesson filed a motion calling for the Department of General Services to provide a cost estimate to remove all carpets in City Hall, as well as an overview of pest control protocols for the Civic Center, and an assessment of all live plants in city-owned buildings in Downtown.
The motion said that staffers became aware of vermin (which eat the plants) and fleas in Wesson’s City Hall office in November, and later removed the carpeting. The motion came days after NBC4 reported that a city employee working in City Hall was diagnosed with typhus.
In September, the County Department of Public Health declared the typhus outbreak in Downtown, and 17 cases of the disease have been linked to the community.
“It is imperative that City leadership take the necessary immediate steps and precautionary measures to prevent any further psychological or health-related issues affecting City employees, residents and other individuals who work within or visit the Civic Center complex,” the motion reads.
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