Fleas Control: Health Risks Posed by Fleas for Humans
Fleas are most often considered health threats to pets. However, fleas are carriers of a number of conditions that can affect both animals and humans. It’s important to recognize the importance of fleas control to protect your home and its inhabitants.
Types of Conditions
Murine typhus is passed to either a human or a pet via a flea bite. The initial symptoms of typhus include headache, fever, nausea, and body aches. After a while, a rash develops on the body that spreads to the arms and legs. Murine typhus is most prevalent in hot climates where a large rat population exists.
Mycoplasma haemofelis most frequently affects cats but has also been known to attack humans as well. Fleas transmit the disease by biting. The bacteria attach themselves to red blood cells, marking them for destruction by the body’s immune system.
Tapeworms transmitted by infected fleas are more common in pets who consume the pests. However, while very rare in humans, young children can acquire a tapeworm by accidentally swallowing a flea. The tapeworm takes up residence in your gastrointestinal system. Often, a doctor might treat for tapeworms by using a drug called Praziquante.
Cat Scratch Fever is common in cats, who get it from flea bites. Generally, cats will develop the disease for a few days before symptoms go away, and the feline recovers completely. As the name implies, cats can transmit the disease by scratching or biting humans. Humans rarely get the disease, but it can occur in children under five and people with compromised immune systems. Cat Scratch Fever can affect various parts of the body, including the eye, the brain, and various internal organs.
If you suspect you have any of these symptoms or are concerned about your health due to a fleas infestation, please see your doctor immediately. You should also contact your pet’s veterinarian for treatment.
Establishing a fleas control system is very important. Capitol Pest can help.
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