Flea-Borne Diseases

  • Jerome Goddard
Part of the Infectious Disease book series (ID)


Fleas are insects in the order Siphonaptera which are bloodsucking ectoparasites of many mammals and birds worldwide. Some species are significant public health pests and disease transmitters. This chapter explores the biology, ecology, and disease relationships of fleas, including discussion of the primary flea species and where each breeds, what animal hosts they feed on, and the like. Lastly, the diseases plague and murine typhus are presented and discussed, including their geographic distributions, flea vectors, and comments about their treatment, prevention, and control.


Arthropods Disease transmission Public health Vector-borne disease Disease cycles Fleas Nuisance effects Flea bites Flea-borne diseases Plague Murine typhus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome Goddard
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  1. 1.Extension Professor of Medical EntomologyMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA

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