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Flea Borne Typhus

Flea Borne Typhus is a disease caused by bacteria. People get the bacteria when they are around infected* fleas. The fleas become infected* after biting a sick animal such as a rat or cat.


How can I get sick? 

  • Through the bite of an infected* flea.  
  • A flea could come from your pet or other animal.  
  • Being around flea dirt. Flea dirt is another name for flea poop.  
  • When fleas bite, they poop and then the poop can get into the bite. 
  • Flea dirt can be rubbed into a cut.  
  • You can breathe in flea dirt or rub it into your eyes.  
  • You can be around flea dirt and not even know it. It can be on pets, wild animals, or anything we touch where fleas have been. 

Symptoms in humans:  

Symptoms start to show within 2 weeks of infection.  

  • Fever (when your body gets a little hotter than normal) 

  • Chills (feeling of being cold and shivering) 
  • Body pain 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Not feeling hungry 
  • Feeling like you need to throw up 
  • Throwing up 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Cough 
  • Rash  

If you don’t see a doctor right away, you can get very sick. The disease can cause damage to your organs (kidney, liver, heart, lungs or brain).  

What can I do to stay healthy? 

  • Keep fleas away from your pets by using veterinarian approved flea control products which can go on the fur, in the mouth or even on a collar. Make sure to take your pets to the veterinarian often for checkups and to make sure your animals do not have fleas. 
  • Keep mice and wild animals away from your home.  
    • Keep food in containers that animals can’t get in.  
    • Cover holes where mice can get in your home. 
    • Keep trash in containers that animals can’t get to.  
  • Use proper insect repellent* when outside.  


  • Infected: When germs get inside of a body, animal, or an organism.
  • Insect Repellent: Product applied to skin, clothing or surfaces to keep insects away.

Species Affected

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