Flea infestations

Heinz Mehlhorn

in Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198570028
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199697823 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Flea infestations

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Fleas are wingless bloodsucking insects infesting a large variety of hosts. They can cause dermatological problems and act as zoonotic vectors transmitting very important agents of diseases in humans and in animals living close to humans. Among the agents of diseases occur: viruses, plaque bacteria or even worms etc. Thus flea control is an important target nowadays in order to protect human and animal health all over the world.

Chapter.  2812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Infectious Diseases ; Epidemiology

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