A lot of states are facing their own sewer snake infestations, but most are unaware of the threats that are taking hold in their own communities.
Some states have introduced new laws and regulations in the wake of the crisis, and there are still many unanswered questions.
The states with the most outbreaks of sewer snake have been states with high numbers of homeless people, where the population of snakes is high and the snakes can live for years in urban settings.
Here’s a look at the top states in which sewer snake outbreaks have taken hold.
California A sewer snake in the Bay Area has killed an 8-year-old boy and seriously injured another person, according to ABC News.
A sewer rat, a black rat, can live up to five years in a house with several rats, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The city has banned the use of the term rat in residential buildings, and residents have been advised to leave their pets inside.
California has the highest number of sewer rat infestions in the U.S., according to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is also the state with the highest rate of fatalities from the disease.
The Centers for Environmental Protection (CEP) has identified the two people who died as sewer rat bites.
In addition, there are currently two people in the San Fernando Valley who have been infected with the parasite.
The person who died, who was 19, was living with the same group of people who had recently been housed at a nearby home, the California Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement.
More from Fox News: The city of Berkeley, California, is now requiring residents to be notified of any potential sewer rat outbreaks.
A letter sent to residents Monday also warned that the disease is spreading to other areas of the city.
The California Department for Health and Environmental Control said there is currently no known treatment or prevention strategy for the disease, which is transmitted via the bite of a snake or water-borne virus.
A man has been found dead in his home in San Francisco, California.
He was believed to be infected with a sewer rat.
A woman has been bitten by a sewer snake and died.
The death came less than a week after the death of a woman in the city of Oakland, who also had the disease and died a week later.
Two people in a South Carolina apartment complex died after their dog was bitten by sewer snakes.
A neighbor, who has been working with the city to clean up the area, said the dogs had been sleeping in a cage in a hallway and were accidentally awoken by the snakes.
Authorities in Colorado have confirmed that an outbreak of the disease has started in a local public school, The Associated Press reported.
There are currently eight people in Texas, two of whom are under observation at a hospital, CBS affiliate KWTX reported.
Two of the people were found dead by a dog and have been identified as sewer rats, The Texas Department of State Health Services said in an emailed statement.
The three other people were taken to a local hospital, where they are listed as “in stable condition.”
In Tennessee, a woman was found dead after she was bitten.
The woman, who lived in a one-story house with two other people, was taken to the hospital, and she was found to be under the influence of the parasite, according the Associated Press.
Arkansas has seen a number of instances of the parasites, including one death.
Three people have died in Georgia, according a state health department report.
Residents in Pennsylvania have reported experiencing more than 30 cases of sewer rats in the last three months.
On Tuesday, the Centers of Disease Control announced that the first case of the worm was detected in a man in a San Francisco apartment complex, according ABC affiliate CBS affiliate KCRA.
One person has died and three more people have been hospitalized in Mississippi after being bitten by snakes in the state, the AP reported.
A second person was found in a home in the St. Charles County area of Mississippi, and authorities say the woman who died from the bite may have been exposed to the parasite through a previous incident.
Six people have recently died from snake bites in New Mexico.
People in Colorado reported seeing a man with a snake in a trash can outside a home.
He died after being treated at a local hospitals.
According to the Colorado Department of Health, the Arkansas man was found by a neighbor to have been bitten while cleaning a home, and he died two days later.
The state health director told ABC News the woman bitten died a few days later and her condition was not considered life-threatening.
Eight people have tested positive for the parasites in Utah.
Several people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with the disease in the past month.
The governor said the state has been seeing more cases of the worms, and the