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Feral cat traps for typhus control sabotaged at Santa Ana school

Officials hold feral cat traps near two Orange County schools, where they're trying to stop the spread of typhus, a potentially fatal disease.

May 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities said someone sabotaged traps set for feral cats at a Santa Ana school, where public health officials are trying to stop the spread of typhus.

The disease was recently diagnosed in a person who lives nearby. Officials set six traps at Frances E. Willard Intermediate School on the 1300 block of North Ross Street.

One trap caught an opossum. It was taken to be tested for typhus, which is a flea-borne bacterial infection sometimes spread by feral cats.

Officials found things thrown into the other traps, which caused them to close. There are no suspects, and police said security cameras didn't catch anything.