Infestation with the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) among students in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Heo Chong Chin, Nazni Wasi Ahmad, Lee Han Lim, John Jeffery, Azahari Abdul Hadi, Hidayatul Fathi Othman, Baharudin Omar

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Abstract

This paper reports six male undergraduate students living at a local university hostel who were infested with cat fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae: Ctenocephalides felis felis) in February 2009. All of them suffered from maculopapular rashes and severe pruritus after the bites. Investigation revealed the presence of a stray cat in the hostel building; five of the students had a history of contact with the cat. Six cat fleas were collected at the hostel and identified as C. felis felis. Most of the students were not aware of this infestation and did not seek medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1331-1334
Number of pages4
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume41
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • Cat flea
  • Ctenocephalides felis felis
  • Infestation
  • Malaysia

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  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Infestation with the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera : Pulicidae) among students in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Chin, Heo Chong; Ahmad, Nazni Wasi; Lim, Lee Han; Jeffery, John; Hadi, Azahari Abdul; Othman, Hidayatul Fathi; Omar, Baharudin.

In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 41, No. 6, 11.2010, p. 1331-1334.

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Chin, Heo Chong ; Ahmad, Nazni Wasi ; Lim, Lee Han ; Jeffery, John ; Hadi, Azahari Abdul ; Othman, Hidayatul Fathi ; Omar, Baharudin. / Infestation with the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera : Pulicidae) among students in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. 2010 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 1331-1334.
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