Fleas are the scourge of animal lovers around the world. Fleas live off of the blood of their host animal, causing unbearable and persistent itching. Animals that suffer allergic reactions to the bites need medical intervention. The fleas can bring about even more serious health conditions since serious flea infestations can make the host animal anemic or infect them with parasitic worms. But fleas do not cause a health danger to just animals alone; fleas can present illnesses in people as well.
Pet fleas are carriers of the murine typhus disease. Once a human is bit by a cat flea that carries this disease, the person can then become infected with the disease. The fleas will defecate on the person as it feeds on their blood. If the person than scratches the bite and rubs the feces into the skin, the person can then become infected with the disease referred to as endemic typhus. Symptoms of the disease are such as fever, headaches, chills, and often a rash. Treatment of endemic typhus is administered by an antibiotic.
Cat fleas are able to cause also 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 can be possibly ingested by humans. Both illnesses are treatable but can cause discomfort to the person unfortunate enough to be afflicted.
leas 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.