Dermatophytosis or Ringworm

ZOONOTIC CONCERN

Cause: Trichophyton or Microsporum

Occurrence in Animals: All mammals (in cattle, mainly young stock)

Source in Animals: Skin vesicles and scabs

Exposure: Direct contact with skin lesions

Symptoms:

  • ANIMALS:
    • Dry gray hairless patches, common around the face and neck
  • HUMANS:
    • Local reddish skin rash at the point of contact, with brittle hair

Precautions:

  • Good personal hygiene:
    • WASH HANDS¬†after handling animals and their environment
    • No eating, no drinking, no smoking around the animals
  • Wear gloves and protective clothing when handling affected animals or their contaminated environment
  • Fungus is very resistant in the environment and can survive for months in cool dry shaded areas

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