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LAPD officer being treated for salmonella typhi, department says

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Posted at 8:04 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 23:04:18-04

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) — A Los Angeles Police Department officer has contracted salmonella typhi and one other employee has typhus-like symptoms, the department said Wednesday.

The department said in a statement that the first officer is being treated for the condition. A specific diagnosis for the second employee has not been determined.

"Our Facilities Management Division is working with the city's General Services Department to disinfect any work areas that may have been exposed."

The statement said the disinfecting is expected to be completed Wednesday night.

"The health and well-being of every LAPD employee is vital and we will be working diligently to ensure we are create a safe work environment," the LAPD said.

The department said it has notified the Police Protective League as well as all employees working at Central Division about the outbreak. It has offered them "strategies to stay healthy while we mitigate this issue."

Salmonella typhi is a bacterial disease spread through contaminated food and water or close contact. The disease is referred to as typhoid fever.

Earlier this month, three LAPD officers stationed at the West Valley station in Reseda contracted a possible skin infection. Police Chief Michel Moore said the department couldn't definitively say whether the suspected skin infection was MRSA.

This story was written by KABC.