Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
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Catflea (Ctenocephalides felis) – XIV

Ctenocephalides felis

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Portrait of a Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). The cat flea’s primary host is the domestic cat, but this is also the primary flea infesting dogs in most of the world. Cat fleas can transmit other parasites and infections to dogs and cats and also to humans. The most prominent of these are Bartonella, murine typhus, and apedermatitis. The tapeworm Dipylidium caninum can be transmitted when a flea is swallowed by pets or humans. In addition, cat fleas have been found to carry Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiologic agent of Lyme disease, but their ability to transmit the disease is unclear.