The bacterium Francisella tularensis is transmitted from animals to humans via fleas. It is a dangerous disease but is treatable with antibiotics. Tularemia is an infection caused by the burrowing flea, or chigger flea. It burrows deep into the skin, causing rashes and irritation. If not treated, it can lead to tularemia, an infection that can be fatal.
Fleas are found in carpets, upholstered furniture, and pet bedding. They also can live in clothing, shoes, and luggage. Even if you don’t have pets, you still risk being infested when traveling. Fleas can attach themselves to your luggage or clothing, and then transfer to your body.
Fleas are tiny insects about 1.5 mm in overall length and have flat, dark brown bodies. Fleas reproduce quickly. Their bites, which appear red, raised, and itch, will remain on the skin for several weeks. This makes them a pest, regardless of where they live.
Fleas can transfer to humans by biting people, but it’s not always a direct transfer. Flea bites itch because flea saliva contains an anticoagulant that increases blood flow. The allergic reaction causes the skin around the flea bite to swell. This results in reddened skin that can become infected with a variety of infections.
Fleas are a serious threat because they can transfer diseases from animals to humans. They can also cause severe health problems, especially in people with weakened immune systems and young children. Therefore, it’s important to find an effective flea control treatment. Fortunately, there are several effective, safe products on the market. It’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your pet and lifestyle.