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1 January 2001 Seasonal Occurrence of Ctenocephalides felis felis and Ctenocephalides canis (Siphonaptera:Pulicidae) Infesting Dogs and Cats in an Urban Area in Cuernavaca, Mexico
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The seasonal occurrence of Ctenocephalides felis felis (Bouché) and Ctenocephalides canis (Curtis) infestation on dogs and cats in Cuernavaca City in Mexico, was determined by examining 1,803 dogs and 517 cats at two veterinary clinics during 1995–1997. The overall flea infestation was 30.3 and 30.1% for dogs and cats, respectively. There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) in percentage of infestation among years for both hosts. The infestation was somewhat higher in spring, summer, and autumn than in winter, but no statistical differences was found among seasons (P > 0.05) for both pets. No relationship existed between percentage of flea infestation and temperature or rainfall among seasons. On dogs, 81.1% were infested with only C. felis felis, 16.8% with C. canis, and 2% had both flea species; whereas 92.3% of the cats were infested with C. felis felis and 7.7% with C. felis felis and C. canis. The cat flea was the most prevalent flea species found other than C. canis; no other species were found on the dogs and cats. It appeared that flea life cycle development continued throughout the year.

Carlos Cruz-Vazquez, Eduardo Castro Gamez, Magdalena Parada Fernandez, and Miguel Ramos Parra "Seasonal Occurrence of Ctenocephalides felis felis and Ctenocephalides canis (Siphonaptera:Pulicidae) Infesting Dogs and Cats in an Urban Area in Cuernavaca, Mexico," Journal of Medical Entomology 38(1), 111-113, (1 January 2001). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-38.1.111
Received: 13 March 2000; Accepted: 1 August 2000; Published: 1 January 2001
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