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how likely is it for a human to get a tapeworm from swallowing a flea (if the flea is swallowed)?

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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 one. The tapeworms transmitted by fleas to pets are a different species than those that infect humans
Answered on May 18, 2020
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No prob: Should be ok. Will end up in the toilet bowl by and by without incident.

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