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cat flea

A haematophagous insect which primarily infests domestic cats (Felix catus).


An insect of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are wingless, suck blood, and have legs adapted for jumping. Usually they are parasitic on warm-blooded animals, including humans. Fleas of the genus Xenopsylla transmit the plague bacillus (Yersinia pestis) from rats to humans. Fleas may transmit other diseases such as tularemia, endemic typhus, and brucellosis. They are intermediate hosts for cat and dog tapeworms.
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cat flea

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chigger flea

Tunga penetrans.

dog flea

See: Ctenocephalides

human flea

Pulex irritans

rat flea

Xenopsylla cheopisillustration

cat flea

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Rickettsial infections among Ctenocephalides felis and host animals during a flea-borne rickettsioses outbreak in Orange County, California.
Identification of Ctenocephalides felis fleas as a host of Rickettsia felis in Yucatan, Mexico.
Efficacy of indoxacarb applied to cats against the adult cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, flea eggs and adult flea emergence.
Prevalence of Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides felis and Ctenocephalides canis from Uruguay.
The most common flea in this country is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis.
Effects of imidacloprid on adult and larval stages of the flea Ctenocephalides felis after in vivo and in vitro application: a light- and electron-microscopy study.
In Gabon, the bacterium has been reported in arthropods, including Ctenocephalides felis cat fleas (15) and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes (16), and in humans (14).
Several types of fleas infest hair coat of animals such as Ctenocephalides felis and Ctenocephalides canis.
The species with greatest distributions were the flea Ctenocephalides felis and the ticks Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.
This new species was first isolated in 2002 from the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, which was then identified as the main vector of this rickettsia (1).
felis is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, need to be proven by experimental demonstration of its vector capacity.
felis carriage rate in fleas found in Laos (77% overall; 53% in Ctenocephalides felis felis, 89% in C.