Flea bite causes one of the greatest discomforts in humans, it itches and sometimes causes red bite marks. Although the marks slowly disappear without any long-term effect on our health.
Diseases Transmitted by Fleas
Fleas are known as disease and parasite vectors, and they cause allergic reactions in more sensitive pets or people. It is necessary to note the various possible diseases they can transmit to humans.
Furthermore, the number of flea-borne disease cases is relatively minor, because of the expected rising temperatures, and international travels in the United States, the diseases spread by fleas can now potentially affect citizens of the United States more than before.
Tungiasis is hardly diagnosed in North America, but due to international travel originating from tropical regions such as the Caribbean, Central America, and the West Indies where it is prevalent, it is essential to know one or two things about this disease.
Tungiasis is transmitted by the Tunga penetrans also known as the burrowing flea, sand flea, and chigger flea just to name a few. It affects the feet, a part of the body the insect anchors itself into the skin and burrows into the epidermis. It is advisable to wear shoes and not sandals when walking across sandy areas in the affected places.
The bacterium Francisella tularensis causes this flea-borne disease, and it is found in rodents. In addition, it is a potentially severe illness that occurs naturally in North America. An infected flea can transfer the disease to humans with just a bite. The symptoms that come with the infection are chills, diarrhea, fever, progressive weakness of the body, and joint pain. Medication attention is needed to treat the illness and antibiotics are used for treatment even though the disease is not infectious.
This disease is a rare illness in North America, only a few cases of the disease are reported each year, and they mostly originate in southwestern states. The condition is common in rat-infested areas, where the rats infect fleas.
Some of the common symptoms of the Murine Typhus are a severe headache, weakness, nausea, high fever, and chills. The good news is, the treatment is available, and the patients often respond to treatment rapidly. However, infected pets can spread the disease into the home.
Bubonic plague is the most common flea-borne disease, and it was first discovered in the 14th century known as the “Black Death”. It became an epidemic and killed over 25 million people, up to 50% of the European population.
The disease occurs worldwide, but with only a handful of cases each year in the southwestern U.S. Furthermore, Bubonic plague is carried by rodents, and it is transmitted to fleas that bite them. The Bubonic plague is then spread to people and pets if the infected fleas bite them. Fortunately, antibiotics can be used to treat the disease effectively.
Fleas can cause allergic reactions in sensitive pets and humans. Their saliva causes skin dermatitis, which appears on patches of skin as rash or itchy bumps. In addition, some individuals have asthmatic-like reactions when they inhale flea feces.
Pets develop flea hypersensitivity when bitten by fleas. Due to flea bites, animals may constantly scratch their skin, which often results in fur loss.
Furthermore, fleas are also parasite vectors capable of transmitting parasites such as tapeworm that basically affect pets. During grooming, dogs or cats can accidentally ingest adult fleas infested with tapeworm. Fortunately, You can prevent flea bites by getting rid of fleas from your home and environment using a professional pest control operator.