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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus.
In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague.

In brief: Sometimes
Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus.
In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Flea bites (unlike tick bites) do not usually carry any diseases.
There are very rare cases of plague from flea bites in rural parts of New Mexico, CA, Colorado and Arizona. Biggest risk from flea bites is itching and secondary infection. Avoid scratching. Use topical antibacterial ointment. Can take antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help itch.

In brief: No
Flea bites (unlike tick bites) do not usually carry any diseases.
There are very rare cases of plague from flea bites in rural parts of New Mexico, CA, Colorado and Arizona. Biggest risk from flea bites is itching and secondary infection. Avoid scratching. Use topical antibacterial ointment. Can take antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help itch.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
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