Dr. Drew Pinsky said on Friday that Los Angeles is on the verge of a bubonic Plague epidemic that will harken back to the Middle Ages.
The uncontrolled homeless crises in one of America’s most liberal city has caused a massive amount of garbage and with the garbage comes the rats that carry diseases throughout the city. Bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death killed 1/3rd of the population of Europe in medieval times.
Drew says the conditions for a plague outbreak in LA is currently perfect, even as an epidemic of typhus is making the rounds.
Dr. Drew told Adams that he had predicted the recent typhus outbreak in Los Angeles, which was carried by rats, transferred by fleas to pets, and from pets to humans.
Bubonic plague, Dr. Drew said, like typhus, is endemic to the region, and can spread to humans from rodents in a similar fashion.
Though commonly recognized as the medieval disease responsible for the Black Death in the fourteenth century, which killed one-third of the population of Europe, the last outbreak of bubonic plague in the U.S. was nearly a century ago, from 1924 to 1925 — also in Los Angeles. Only a “heroic effort” by doctors stopped it, Dr. Drew recalled, warning that conditions were perfect for another outbreak of the plague in the near future.
Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the country, Dr. Drew said, that has no rodent control plan. “And if you look at the pictures of Los Angeles, you will see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.”