Flea-Borne Typhus is in California. With positive cases found in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Pasadena, there is reason to be concerned. It is transmitted to humans when they are bitten by infected fleas. People can sick from the infected fleas feces. After a flea bites it releases feces, if a person then accidentally rubs this in to their eyes, cuts, or scrapes on their skin, they can pick up the flea-borne typhus. It is not spread from person to person.
Symptoms can include body chills, feeling nausea, headaches and a rash. These symptoms usually start about two weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. IN severe cases people may be need treatment with antibiotics, but most people can recover without treatment. In rare cases where untreated, flea-borne typhus could lead to complications such as organ damage, pneumonia, or even death — though fatalities are uncommon.
Many people ask how they could get this in their environment and how they can avoid it. Commonly it is found on rats, possums, and cats. Since most of the time these animals will sneak in to yards, under houses, etc., the fleas that they carry can reach humans and pets. Some people do not realize that these type of animals are in their yard etc., as they typically come out at night. To protect you and your pets, we recommend to keep your pet on a flea preventative year round. By doing this, you can lower the risk of the flea-borne typhus exposure as your pets will help reduce the flea population in your environment. We also recommend clearing areas where these animals can hide or create homes. Spraying yard for fleas and wearing insect repellent are also other ways to reduce risk.
If you ever feel you have symptoms after getting bitten by fleas, we recommend that you call your doctor. We carry several flea products like Bravecto, Simparica, Cheristin, and Vetcra 3d for your pets that can help kill fleas on them. If you have any questions, please call our office. 714-771-3261.