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Rat invasion at historic L.A. City Hall amid typhus outbreak

(NBC News) The first clue Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson had that rats were invading City Hall, possibly carrying a potentially deadly disease, was the pitter-patter of little feet.

“We had an employee or two mention they heard something in the ceiling,” Wesson said Thursday as he led a tour through his office, where he recently had all the rugs ripped out. “Then we had an employee spot what she believed to be paw prints.”

After a flea hidden in a rug pounced on one of his employees late last year, Wesson had enough: He shut down the office and had all the rugs removed.