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Flea-Borne Illnesses

Fleas are small insects that survive by feeding on animal or human blood. Their bites can cause discomfort, itchiness, and irritation. Sometimes, fleas can infect people or pets.

Prevention of Flea-Borne Illnesses

Avoiding fleas is the key to preventing flea-borne illnesses. Take steps to remove fleas from your pets, yards and in your home. To protect yourself from fleas:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents
  • Cover skin with long-sleeve clothing and pants will minimize exposure to bites. Flea bites often occur on the lower legs and feet, protect these areas with long socks and pants.
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin.
  • Do not feed or pet stray or wild animals.
  • Always wear gloves if you are handling sick or dead animals.

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Last Updated: July 12, 2022

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