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Crowding on Skid Row Creates a Breeding Ground for Illnesses
California Health Report

The squalor of LA’s skid row and the dangers it poses to human health took center stage briefly last fall when the director of one of the city’s largest homeless shelters contracted a flesh eating infection caused by e coli staph and strep that now threaten the amputation of his leg below the knee.

Rev. Andy Bales, who has directed the Union Rescue Mission for 11 years, said that he contracted the infection while walking on the street wearing a gauze-covered boot over a foot wound.