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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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felis infections have been found in several species of fleas and a few other ectoparasites (ixodid ticks), cat fleas are the predominant vectors because only these insect vectors are able to maintain R.
Similar observations have been reported for the feces of experimentally infected cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) (35,36).
Almost 80 per cent of fleas found on dogs are cat fleas.
The most common is the cat flea, which plagues both cats and dogs.
To the Editor: Rickettsia felis, an emerging pathogen first identified in the cat flea (1), has been detected in other fleas, ticks, mites, and booklice (2).
In fact, the Lyme disease spirochete has been isolated from virtually all blood-sucking insects: deer tick, brown dog tick, lone star tick, American dog tick (also mentioned by Potter), black-legged tick, Western black-legged tick, dog flea, cat flea, rodent flea, bot fly, horse fly, deer fly, and at least 15 species of mosquito.
In contrast, although the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) can carry R.
Included in this hit list is that feline scourge Cat Flea, closely followed by Cockroach and a few others, including the eight- eyed jumping spider.
The principal vector of these 2 species is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) (3,4).
Experimental transmission of Bartonella henselae by the cat flea.
5% were identified as Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea (Table 3).
Rickettsiae were first described in the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) in 1918 and tentatively named R.