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Question: Is this a massive pile of garbage or a homeless camp?
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Answer: This is Ceres Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. As you can see in the clip, there are people who seem to be picking through this garbage pile which is infested with rats, some of which carry fleas and diseases hazardous to humans.
NBC 4 in Los Angeles interviewed Mayor Eric Garcetti about this same pile of garbage last October. He was evidently embarrassed by it because the next day trucks showed up and cleared the street. But within a few months, the garbage pile was back, bigger than ever. A call to the city’s 311 services hotline resulted in a message that it could take up to 90 days for the garbage to be cleared. That’s not good enough according to UCLA infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Klausner:
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“Trash and food waste attracts rats,” said Klausner. “It does pose a public health risk.”
An out-of-control rat population can even lead to the spread of dangerous strains of salmonella and bubonic plague, he noted.
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But in Los Angeles, the I-Team learned there is no plan or program to control the growing rat population that feasts at trash piles like the one on Ceres Avenue.
“It’s something that we’ll look into,” said Pepe Garica, of Los Angeles’ bureau of sanitation.
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When NBC called to speak to Mayor Garcetti about the problem again, he wouldn’t sit down with them. Apparently, he has other, more important things to do. The concern about diseases carried by rats isn’t just idle speculation. Last year there was an outbreak of typhus with over 120 reported cases traced...
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