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SALLIS, Eliza Simone Viegas; PEREIRA, Daniela Isabel Brayer and RAFFI, Margarida Buss. Cutaneous pythiosis in horses: 14 cases. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2003, vol.33, n.5, pp. 899-903. ISSN 1678-4596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782003000500017.
Cutaneous pythiosis is a chronic condition that may be fatal if early therapy is not implemented. It affects mainly horses and rarely cattle, dogs, cats and human beings. It is caused by Pythium insidiosum, which infects wounds on the skin of ventral abdomen, distal limbs and head of animals which pasture and drink water in swamped land. This report includes fourteen cases of pythiosis in horses from Uruguaiana, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Methods of diagnosis and treatment are described and discussed.
Keywords : pythiosis; dermatitis; Pythium insidiosum; equine; cutaneous mycosis.