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Can humans get sick from flea bites?

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According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, humans are able to contract bubonic plague and murine typhus from the bites of infected fleas. However, most flea bites just cause bumps that are red, itchy and often in groups of three, MedlinePlus indicates.

IDPH explains that fleas spread bubonic plague worldwide. Infected fleas typically live on wild rodents. Outdoor pets, especially cats, occasionally transport contaminated fleas, as well. Humans are at risk of flea bites when they come in contact with the flea carriers. This disease is curable with a quick antibiotic treatment.

Murine typhus is usually found in rat-infested locations within tropical regions, IDPH continues. To develop the disease, humans must be in close contact with the rats carrying the fleas. Antibiotics are also used to treat this infection.

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1. Run your hands along the fronts and backs of your ankles and lower legs checking for bumps. Flea bites on humans tend to be in this location since pets are much shorter than people
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Flea bites are small red dots that itch. Cats or dogs can bring them in from outdoors and they can multiply in carpets, bedding etc. My cat brought them in, and I had small bites
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Flea bites on humans can have several consequences. The obvious one is
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Little red bumps that itch. Bomb your house and wash with mild soap and water. It's nothing worse than a mosquito bite.
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