WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia health officials are concerned by the presence of rats at two encampments at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.

D.C. health department spokeswoman Najma Roberts said Monday there’s a large concentration of rats at the sites, where demonstrators have been gathering for months.

She says unsanitary conditions have encouraged the presence of rodents, and that as winter approaches, officials are also concerned about the possibility of hypothermia.

She says the department has no formal jurisdiction over the sites because they’re federal park property, but that health officials are speaking with other agencies.

She says there are no immediate plans to recommend evicting the demonstrators for health-related reasons unless there’s an outbreak of illness or an approaching snowstorm.

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  1. wounded defecator project says:

    Liberal, neo-conservative, useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
    Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for your fvcking service, and congrats on the Man udda Year.
    For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachik of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers and fire-bugs, or let the streets flow with blood.

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