Our cat has fleas- Misy parasy ny sakanay.

Geetings from Madagascar! Miarahabana nareo izahay avy ati an’Madigasikara!

Our cat had fleas so we gave her a vinegar bath which killed the fleas and left us with some cool specimens to look at. Nisy parasy ny sakanay dia napandro azy tamin’y vinagra izahay dia maty ireto parasy ireto ary koa nanome antsika santionany mahafinaritra afaka mijery isika.

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  1. laksiyer says:

    These are wonderful pictures. Looking forward to seeing more from Madagascar.

    Hope this English to Malagasy is half good:
    Oh izay mahafinaritra sary. Aho miandrandra bebe kokoa avy any Madagasikara.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Wonderful @Catzfamily. I am a little scared of Madagascar fleas; since I just found out my foot has two “sand flea” growing inside. I am wondering if these are also sand fleas or others. Would you be willing to look at this sample again and actually submit more number of images.

    I shared the image of the sand flea growing in my foot here, it’s called tungiasis.
    https://twitter.com/PrakashLab/status/797538253398155265

    cheers
    manu

  3. CatzFamily says:

    What a great souvenir! Tsara voandalana!

    This is what they call “the African Parasite” hereand it has laid eggs. Parasy lafrika io ary efa manatody izy io. It come from the ground. Amin’ny vovoka na fasika no azahoana azy. It is not the same as the comon parasite or flea because it burrows into flesh when it is going to lay eggs. Tsy mitovy amin’ny parasy tsotra izy satria izy dia miditra amin’ny olona rehefa hanatody. You need to dig him out with a needle but be careful to remove the whole egg sack without breaking it and burn it (after examining under your foldscope) because it spreads quickly. Mila esorina tsara amin’ny fanjaitra izy miaraka amin’ny tranony dia avy eo dorana (efa vita mejery azy ambany ny mamortra scope) satria malaky miparitaka be izy. It’s like there will be a round hole where it was for a little while if this picture is from the third day after the eggs were laid. Somary misy trobaka boribory kely avy eo ny toerana nipetrahany raha io sary io dia eo amin’ny telo andro eo io.

    I would love to see the pictures of the egg sack when you remove it.

  4. Manu Prakash says:

    @CatzFamily: I am so thrilled you are excited about the same as I am. It’s quiet painful and itchy – but in the name of science. I have gotten the one I have removed; but now I just discovered – my student also has them. So I have two more to remove. I am making slides from the first one and hopefully will make slides from the second one as well.

    Madagascar did give me a nice gift – and I will always keep coming back for more 🙂 I would like to understand the transmission mechanism – since I always had shoes on. So how did it get under my skin? How often do you see it? Do your friends get the same? I will post a new post for the same – but I would like to get a lot more information about the same. Do you find it in the house? Have you ever looked for it? Where do people get it from? So many questions – so little time.

    cheers
    manu

  5. CatzFamily says:

    I love the scientific mind! Fortunately you are talking to an expert on the topic, as my wife used to pick dozens off my feet every night. I know that itchy pain well.

    These interesting parasites live in the ground and wait for a host. my guess is that you were wearing sandals and they wedged under to the bottom of your foot. If you were wearing socks and shows, I am at a loss unless you found that your feet were dirty under yours socks at the end of the day in which case I think the hitch hiker made its way in with that dust.

    They start by biting your foot and if you notice them at that early phase you can simply pull them off with tweezers. It takes them some time to burrow under but once under they lay their eggs. This is the itchy part, I think this is part of the transmission strategy, since the sack is mature the host might try to expel the eggs and they can spread to other potential hosts or to other parts of the same host.

    This pest is very common and can be found bothering people all over the island. I have heard they are very common where people raise pigs (a great host, though they do not attack the feet but burrow in the skin where the animal makes contact with the earth) but I think they are actually common everywhere.

    It can be a real problem if they are not treated properly they can leave the flesh open to infection. My wife once helped a kid in her village who had over fifty of these fleas all over his feet and under his toenails. I am sure when you post some pictures kids here will be thrilled to see them. I will bring my computer to Kelilalina to show them once they are posted and I will bring a camera in case we can share some local samples!

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