Human infestation by pigeon fleas (Ceratophyllus columbae) from feral pigeons.

@article{HaagWackernagel2004HumanIB,
  title={Human infestation by pigeon fleas (Ceratophyllus columbae) from feral pigeons.},
  author={Daniel Haag-Wackernagel and Radosław Śpiewak},
  journal={Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM},
  year={2004},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={343-6}
}
The report concerns a married couple who were repeatedly invaded by pigeon fleas (Ceratophyllus columbae) over a period of 2 months. The source of the fleas was a pair of breeding feral pigeons (Columba livia). The birds' nest was located in the attic immediately above the couple's apartment, and the fleas found their way along an unsealed heating pipe. The people encountered up to 40 bites per night. With invasions repeated almost every night, the man gradually developed an allergic urticarial… CONTINUE READING
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