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Demonstrators at the Occupy DC clean up the McPherson Square encampment.
Markette Smith
Demonstrators at the Occupy DC clean up the McPherson Square encampment.

Occupy DC protestors are cleaning up their act after D.C. Department of Health officials found evidence of rats, and threats of disease at the McPherson Square encampment.

After a tour by D.C. Health officials, protesters cleaned house. They amassed trash heap 3 to 4 feet high in the Northwest corner of McPherson square Friday morning.

"It was very cordial and they told us that we needed to clean up and get our kitchen back up to the standard to where it was at before," says Kelly Canavan, one of the demonstrators who met with health officials.

D.C. Health Department Director Dr. Mohammad Akhter made the recommendation they close the kitchen. He says the lack of hot water to hygienically prepare food, coupled with evidence of a rodent infestation, means the threat of disease and infection is high.

"And they store the food, after it

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