We have many types of fleas in Texas, namely cat, dog, human, and rat fleas. People should do all they can to prevent them, though fleas are often dismissed as a minor infestation, they do quickly multiply, and with the problems they cause, fleas should not only be eliminated at the first sign of their presence. The diseases they spread to people and pets is the primary concern. With this in mind, we at A Five Star Termite and Pet Control would like to discuss the most common diseases spread by fleas.
Mycoplasma haemofelis is a parasitic bacterial disease that is transmitted to cats through flea bites, though tick and mosquito bites can also spread this illness. Cats can develop a fever and anemia, an infection in the red blood cells caused from this disease. Especially if their immune system is already compromised, evidence also suggests that Mycoplasma haemofelis can infect people. Medical treatment for your and/or your pet is critical.
Tapeworms in Humans, Dogs & Cats
Cats, dogs, and humans can be equally infected as the intestines are home to tapeworms. Usually how pets get tapeworms is swallowing an infected flea. However, from eating infected mice as well is how cats may have tapeworms. If they swallow an infect flea while playing outside, children can be easily contract tapeworms though it is not common in adults. Children and pets pass segments of tapeworms during bowel movements.
Rats are the primary carrier for Murine typhus and the fleas that are in contact with them often spill onto cats. According to Texas Department of State Health Services, from a flea bite, humans often become infested with Murine typhus. It will also usually defecate as the flea bites. From scratching the bite, bacteria in the feces enter the body from the bite. Body aches, headache, fever, and nausea are the common symptoms. A rash develops on the body’s trunk, after about 5-6 days from the bite, it will then spread to the arms and legs. Should you suspect you may have Murine typhus, it is critical you get medical care immediately. This is a higher health risk in areas where there is a heavy rat population typically.
Cat Scratch Disease
Bartonella henselae, is the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever and it is fairly common in felines. At some point in their life, about 40% of cats, particularly kittens, will experience it. Swollen lymph nodes, red eyes, vomiting, decrease in appetite, and lethargy are some of the serious symptoms that may manifest in some cats. Where few others may experience a fever at most, other cats will never show symptoms. By biting or scratching a person hard enough to break the skin, according to the CDC or if the wounds or scabs are licked, the cat can pass the disease to people.
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