Flea Diseases That Infect Humans and Pets
By Pierre Mouchette | Real Property Experts LLC
Fleas transmit many diseases to humans and their pets when they bite or when pets ingest them while grooming themselves. Some conditions that you should be aware of are:
Although rats are the recognized carrier of the fleas that transmits murine typhus, cats that encounter infected fleas can bring this disease home to you.
A parasitic, bacterial disease that is transmitted to cats and that can also affect humans. M. haemofelis attaches to the infected cat’s red blood cells, making the cat's immune system treat the red blood cells as a foreign substance, marking them for destruction. An infected flea can transmit the parasite to both your pet and you.
These parasites make their homes in the intestines of dogs, cats, and humans. While unusual in adults, children may get infected by accidentally swallowing an infected flea. Children and pets pass segments of tapeworms (proglottids) during bowel movements.
Cat Scratch Disease
The bacteria Bartonella Henselae that causes cat scratch fever is common in felines. According to the CDC, about 40 percent of cats, especially kittens, have it at some time in their lives. A human might get cat scratch fever even if the cat does not present symptoms.
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