Flea-borne typhus: what you need to know

Flea-borne typhus is caused by bacteria found in infected fleas or their poop (also called flea dirt).

You can come into contact with fleas or flea-dirt and not even know it.

  • Pets can bring fleas into and around your home.
  • Trash and food waste may attract rats and other pests to your home.
  • Fleas can be found on stray or wild animals such as cats, rats, opossums near your home.

Prevent contact with fleas:

  • Treat pets for fleas.
  • Use EPA-registerred insect repellents when outdoors.
  • Keep rodents away from your home:
    • Seal up holes!
    • Trap rats and mice!
    • Clean up trash!

See your healthcare provider if you develop fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or rash after coming in contact with fleas or wild or stray animals.

Flea-borne typhus is treatable, so see your healthcare provider right away!