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Trends Parasitol. 2010 Apr;26(4):197-204. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2010.01.001. Epub 2010 Feb 23.

Flea-associated zoonotic diseases of cats in the USA: bartonellosis, flea-borne rickettsioses, and plague.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

Abstract

Cat-scratch disease, flea-borne typhus, and plague are three flea-associated zoonoses of cats of concern in the USA. Although flea concentrations may be heaviest in coastal and temperate climates, fleas and flea-borne disease agents can occur almost anywhere in the USA. Understanding flea-borne pathogens, and the associated risks for owners and veterinarians, is important to reduce the likelihood of zoonotic infection.

PMID:
20185369
DOI:
10.1016/j.pt.2010.01.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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