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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
29 years experience
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

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