Volume 90, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Fleas are important vectors of several and spp. that cause emerging zoonotic diseases worldwide. In this study, 303 fleas collected from domestic dogs and cats in Ethiopia and identified morphologically as , , , and were tested for and DNA by using molecular methods. was detected in 21% of fleas, primarily , with a similar prevalence in fleas from dogs and cats. A larger proportion of flea-infested dogs (69%) than cats (37%) harbored at least one infected with . was not detected. DNA was detected in 6% (2 of 34) of collected from cats. Our study highlights the likelihood of human exposure to , an emerging agent of spotted fever, and , the agent of cat-scratch disease, in urban areas in Ethiopia.


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  • Received : 08 Jan 2013
  • Accepted : 22 Jun 2013
  • Published online : 05 Mar 2014

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