Details of this species in Uganda
Status: Not specified
Invasiveness: Not specified
Source: Eisen et al. 2008
Species Notes for this Location:
Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) have been reported as the most common fleas in the home environment, which is suspected to be a major exposure site for human plague in this country. C. felis is a competent vector of plague bacteria, but that efficiency is low compared with another flea species collected in the same area: the oriental rat flea, Xenopsylla cheopis. However because they are the most common flea in human habitations in a plague-endemic region of Uganda (Arua and Nebbi districts) their contribution to transmitting plague should not be ignored (Eisen et al. 2008).
Management Notes for this Location:
Plague control programs in this region should remain focused on reducing rat flea populations, although our findings imply that cat fleas should not be ignored by these programs as they could play a significant role as secondary vectors (Eisen et al. 2008)
Last Modified: 19/02/2010 2:39:35 p.m.