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GURTLER, Thaiz Gava Rigoni; DINIZ, Lucia Martins  and  NICCHIO, Larissa. Tinea capitis micro-epidemic by Microsporum canis in a day care center of Vitória - Espírito Santo (Brazil). An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2005, vol.80, n.3, pp.267-272. ISSN 1806-4841.

Tinea capitis of the scalp is an infection of the skin and hair of this area caused by the dermatophytes of the Microsporum and Trichophyton genus. It preferentially attacks pre-school and school children due to their greater contact with infection sources. The authors report a micro-epidemic of Tinea capitis of the scalp in 11 children of a day care center of Vitória (ES), between two and six years of age, 61% of masculine sex. They presented rounded, scaly lesions with tonsured hair, large and unique in the frontal, occipital and parietal regions. In two cases the scalp was diffusely attacked. The direct mycology showed parasitism of the ectothrix type, and 45.5% of the cultures were positive for Microsporum canis, justified by the history of contact between some children of the day care center and stray dogs of the district.

Keywords : Mycoses; Microsporum; Tinea capitis.

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