There are many types of fleas. Throughout Texas, cat, dog, human, and rat fleas are among the most common. Fleas are often dismissed as a minor infestation, but as quickly as they multiply, and the problems they cause, fleas should not only be eliminated at the first sign of their presence, but people should do all they can to prevent them. The biggest issue is the diseases they spread to people and pets. Today, we at A Five Star Termite and Pest Control would like to share the most common diseases spread by fleas.
Rats are the primary carrier for Murine typhus and the fleas that are in contact with them often spill onto cats, that bring this disease vector home. From a flea bite, humans often become infested with Murine typhus according to Texas Department of State Health Services. Usually as the flea bites, it will also defecate. The bacteria in the feces enter the body from the bite, or also from scratching the bite. Symptoms include body aches, headache, fever, and nausea. After about 5-6 days from the bite, a rash develops on the body’s trunk, and then spreads to the arms and legs. It is vital you get medical care immediately if you suspect you may have Murine typhus. Generally, this is a higher health risk in areas where there is a heavy rat population.
Mycoplasma Haemofelis in Cats
Through flea bites, as well as tick and mosquito bites, Mycoplasma haemofelis is parasitic bacterial disease that is transmitted to cats through flea bites. An infection in the red blood cells caused from this disease can cause cats to develop a fever and anemia. Evidence also suggests that Mycoplasma haemofelis can infect people, particularly if their immune system is already compromised. Medical treatment for your and/or your pet is essential.
Tapeworms in Dogs, Cats & Humans
The intestines are home to tapeworms and can equally infect cats, dogs, and humans. Swallowing an inflected flea is generally how pets get tapeworms. Cats may have tapeworms from eating infected mice as well. Though it is not common in adults, children can be easily infected if they swallow an infect flea while playing outside. During bowel movements, children and pets pass segments of tapeworms.
Cat Scratch Disease
The bacteria that causes cat scratch fever, Bartonella henselae, is fairly common in felines. About 40% of cats, particularly kittens, will experience the bug at some point in their life. Serious symptoms may manifest in some cats including red eyes, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting, decrease in appetite, and lethargy. Other cats will never show symptoms, and few others may experience a fever at most. Keep in mind that the cat doesn’t present symptoms, a human may cat scratch fever. According to the CDC by biting or scratching a person hard enough to break the skin, or if the wounds or scabs are licked, the cat passes the disease to people.
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