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can humans get sick from fleas

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends: Many bacterial and other communicable disease can be spread through fecal contamination, including eating feces. Hepatitis b can be spread this way, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: The response to any insect bite varies with the individual. A typical response includes release of local chemicals to the saliva of the insect. These ... Read More
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Variable: There may be redness, itching or both.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Hydrocortisone cream: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Absolutely: you definitely may get sick, but not necessarily with HIV or Hepatitis, but rather with direct contaminants, including Hepatitis A. By the time you in ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
No: This comes from a dog specific organism and will not cause infection in humans.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Very unlikely: Humans usually contract tapeworms by eating undercooked meat. Your dog or cat may contract a tapeworm from being bitten by a flea, not by swallowing ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: There are two species of Echinococcus of concern in pets: E. granulosus, which can infect dogs (see micrograph, right), and E. multilocularis, which c ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Clean house: While humans do not usually get "sick" from flea bites, tick bites can spread lyme and other disease, and large numbers can predispose to infection. P ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Everybody has something. There are no perfect adults, and no perfect children. Sooner or later, everybody gets sick. Luckily, our bodies have miraculo ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes - rarely: “Pulmonary infection with D. immitis is an infrequently reported cause of lung disease in humans. Approximately 80 cases have been reported in the Uni ... Read More

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