Korean J Parasitol.  2012 Mar;50(1):79-82. 10.3347/kjp.2012.50.1.79.

Cat Flea Infestation in a Hospital: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. drleelaraj@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50600, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 3Dermatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, Lembah Pantai, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Cat flea bite in humans results in extremely pruritic skin lesions. It has been reported to occur among those living in domiciliary accommodation. However, nosocomial infestation with cat flea has not been reported. We hereby report a case of nosocomial infestation of cat flea in a hospital facility. Identification of the parasite, its appropriate eradication, and adequate medical management of the patients resulted in a satisfactory outcome.


Ctenocephalides felis; cat flea; nosocomial infection; Malaysia
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