The employee contracted <em>Salmonella Typhi</em>, which causes typhoid fever.
An employee of the Los Angeles Police department has contracted the bacteria that causes the life-threatening typhoid fever, the ministry said Wednesday.
The employee, who works in the Central Division, has Salmonella Typhi, which is rare in the U.S. and is associated with sewage-contaminated water, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Fewer than 350 Americans contract typhoid each year, and usually only after a trip to underdeveloped countries, according to the CDC.
FLEAS CAUSED THE TYPHOID FEVER DISEASE REPORTED IN THE CENTRE OF LA, OFFICIALS SAY
The bacterium is contagious and the POLICE said in a statement that they are sure that the department is a safe place to work. “The health and well-being of every LAPD employee is of vital importance,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, our police officers often patrol in adverse environments and may be exposed to various hazardous elements, according to The LA Times.
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The LAPD said that they had reported to the Police Protective League union of the outbreak and every employee who works in the Central Division.