Fleas are the scourge of animal lovers around the world. Indeed, they carry a lot of flea hazards. Fleas live off the blood of their animal host, causing unbearable and persistent itching. Animals that suffer allergic reactions to the bites need medical intervention. The fleas can bring about even more severe health conditions since serious flea infestations can make the animal host anaemic or infect them with parasitic worms. Are fleas hazardous to health? Fleas do not cause a health danger to just animals alone; fleas can also present illnesses in people.
Pet fleas are carriers of murine typhus disease. Once a human is a bit by a cat flea that carries this disease, the person can become infected. The fleas will defecate on the person as it feeds on their blood. If the person then scratches the bite and rubs the faeces into the skin, they can become infected with the disease referred to as endemic typhus. Symptoms of flea hazards conditions are fever, headaches, chills, and often a rash. Treatment of endemic typhus is through an antibiotic.
Cat fleas can also cause other health ailments in humans. Flea bites can cause a person to develop a rash called fleabite dermatitis. This often occurs when the person has an allergic reaction to the saliva in the flea bites. Fleas may also carry tapeworms that humans can ingest. Both illnesses are treatable but can cause discomfort to the person unfortunate enough to be afflicted.
Fleas are not just a problem for the animals exclusively. Fleas carry diseases that are a danger to humans as well. In case your cat has fleas, it is deemed necessary to treat without delay. The longer you delay treatment and management of the problem, the worse your flea infestation will become. As soon as the fleas begin to move into the environment, the people that live in the infested habitat will be more likely to go through flea bites. And the flea bites can make possible one of the conditions discussed above.
Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.
Published: 20/11/2014 Updated: 14/7/2021