Ectoparasites of rodents in Suez governorate with special reference to fleas
Morsy, T.A.; Fayad, M.E.; Abou Shady, M.K.; Yousef, N.S.
Journal of the Egyptian Society of Parasitology 16(2): 457-468
Rodents have been investigated for their possible ectoparasites in Suez governorate. They were prevalent the whole years particulaI'ly in Spring. Five species of rodents were identified : M. musculus, R. rattus, R. norvegicu.s, A. cahirinus and S. calurus. The ectoparasites were fleas (X. cheopis, P. irritans, C. felis, C. segnis and E. galUna.cca), lice (P. spinulosa) and ticks (R. sanguineus and Ilyalomma spp.). X. cheopis was the commonest flea. The role played by rodents and their arthropcdectoparasites in transmission of human and animal diseases wa-, discussed. It was concluded that rodents are the most dangerous animal reservoir for human and animal diseases.