Can I get a tapeworm infection from my pet? Yes; however, the risk of infection with this tapeworm in humans is very low. For a person to become infected with Dipylidium, he or she must accidentally swallow an infected flea.
Can humans catch tapeworms from cats?
Feline tapeworms can be transmitted when ingested Some feline tapeworms can be transmitted to humans. The most common tapeworm in cats is the flea tapeworm, but this species is not readily transmitted to humans as it is necessary to swallow an infected flea to contract the disease.
How do I know if I got worms from my cat?
Small segments break off and are passed in your pet's feces. These segments, which can sometimes be seen moving, are actually packets of tapeworm eggs. If your pet has tapeworms, you may see tiny white segments that look like grains of rice slowly moving around their waste or stuck to their back end.
Can I get tapeworms from my cat sleeping in my bed?
Yes, it's possible for you to get worms from your cat if she sleeps in your bed. It's not a grave risk, but it is a possibility. The parasite eggs (oocytes) that develop into worms can be transmitted to humans. You have to ingest the oocytes for this too happen, which makes it harder for you to become infected.
How do you clean your house after a cat has tapeworms?
Steam the carpets, curtains, drapes, furniture, rugs, and every other area that you vacuumed. The heat and moisture will kill the adult tapeworms (and fleas, too, if there are any) and will destroy the eggs. Surfaces like wall cracks and furniture gaps can't be cleaned well with a vacuum or steam cleaner.
Can tapeworm segments infect humans?
However, often tapeworms don't cause symptoms. The only sign of tapeworm infection may be segments of the worms, possibly moving, in a bowel movement. In rare cases, tapeworms can lead to serious complications, including blocking the intestine, or smaller ducts in the intestine (like the bile duct or pancreatic duct).