Pulex irritans


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Related to Pulex irritans: Cimex lectularius, Tunga penetrans, human flea
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Noun1.Pulex irritans - the most common flea attacking humansPulex irritans - the most common flea attacking humans
flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
genus Pulex, Pulex - type genus of the Pulicidae
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in Ctenocephalides felis and Pulex irritans fleas removed from dogs in Ecuador.
"It has long been hypothesised that there is another way that plague can spread between humans that human fleas (such as Pulex irritans) and (body) lice can cause epidemics by biting humans serially, even if rats are not present in large numbers," he explained.
A flea Pulex irritans commonly serves as an intermediate host for D.
235 (13.37%) specimens were Pulex irritans (collected from dogs, guinea pigs and foxes); 84 specimens (4.78%) were Pediculus humanus (collected from humans); 34 specimens (1.93%) were Ctenocephalides canis (collected from cats); 5 specimens (0.28%) were Rhiphicephalus sanguineus (collected from dogs); and 1 specimen (0.06%) was identified as Boophilus spp.
Western Nebraska is in the approximate transition zone in North America between Pulex simulans and the human flea, Pulex irritans L.